Date: Tuesday, September 23
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-13
Verse: Just as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and don’t return there without watering the earth, making it conceive and yield plants and providing seed to the sower and food to the eater, so is my word that comes from my mouth; it does not return to me empty. Instead, it does what I want, and accomplishes what I intend. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Yesterday we talked about how nice it is to talk with a good listener, but all too often we find ourselves trying to talk to someone who is not very good at listening. We talk and there is no response. And there are those who have the remarkable ability to somehow make every conversation about them. You start a story about something really important, and suddenly you find yourself talking about whatever your story reminded them of in their own life. It can be really frustrating. You might as well have just talked to a stuffed animal.
Isaiah 55 reminds us that we are not only to talk to God, but we are also to listen. God has plans for us, he provides for us, and his word never returns empty. The images God gives to Isaiah are so nurturing. God provides rain, which waters the earth, which causes the plants to grow and provide for us. We just need to listen.
All too often my prayer life is all about me talking to God, telling him what I want. But prayer, like any good conversation, is a give and take of talking and listening. We need to take time in our prayers to be quiet and listen.
Prayer: Speak to me, Lord, I am ready to listen. Amen.
Action: Spend some time in silence today.
Respond: Have you ever been a bad listener? How can we get better at listening to others?
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