For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.
Day 22: If God is So Smart, Why Am I Doing All The Talking
– People are meant to live in an ongoing conversation with God, speaking and being spoken to.
– We best hear God through knowing him
– God’s redemptive work involves communication, communion, and union
My wife and I will occasionally have those moments when we say exactly what each other are thinking. Our inside joke when this happens is to melodramatically quote a line from the late ’70s version of Superman, “Can you read my mind?” The answer to that overly sentimental question is yes. We have a unique connection that allows us on occasion be able to think in complete synchronicity. I don’t have that connection with everyone because I don’t know them as well as my wife knows me and I know her. So, the statement in this chapter about hearing God through knowing God makes perfect sense to me. I must have a deeper understanding of God in order to be able to hear from him consistently.
Apprentice Activity: Listening To The Voice of God
– Spend some time in silence
– Ask God, “What do you think of me?” and then, “What would you like for us to do today?”
– If you hear a response ask two questions: Did I hear a good shepherd or a loud cattle driver? and Was the emotional impact of hearing from God one of the fruits of the spirit.”
– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 8 – But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
I did this exercise after I jogged in my neighborhood. When asking the first set of questions, I was struck by the level of green that was before me and how the green of the grass and trees went so perfectly with the blue of the sky. I thought about how God designed his creation to work just right with all of its parts. This made me think that God created me to work just right with him and his purposes and plans. And when I surrender myself, and let Christ into every part of my being then I will experience a profound connection with him.
What is Jesus teaching me? Silence and solitude teaches me all of the many ways that I seek to distance myself from God. Through silence, I am seeking out a place where there is very little between me and God. Silence is an excavation to find my heart in its truest form, not covered in distractions and falseness. Silence is the process of laying my heart at the altar of God and letting God go to work.
Are you afraid of silence? What benefits do you think would come from more silence in your life?