Words from the Heart for Thursday October 6th, 2016
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Listening to God’s Voice
God has blessed us with His Word, His Spirit, and His people to encourage us to not turn away from His commands. Are you walking in the way of the Lord, or have you turned aside, even slightly, to the right or the left? Hear His gentle voice even now: “This is the way; walk in it.”
As senior war correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during the Second World War, Matthew Halton reported from the front lines in Italy and Northwest Europe and became “the voice of Canada at war.” His gripping, passionate broadcasts chronicled the victories and losses of Canadian soldiers and made him a national hero. Born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, in 1904, Halton was to achieve the fastest ever ascent in Canadian journalism. A year after joining the Toronto Daily Star as a cub reporter, he was in Berlin to write about Adolf Hitler’s seizure of power and – long before most other correspondents – to begin a prophetic series of warnings about the Nazi regime. For more than two decades, he witnessed first-hand the major political and military events of the era. The 2014 book Dispatches from the Front tells the story of his life.
Have you ever tried to hear something when there is a lot of other noise going on around you? It is challenging to concentrate on one thing when there is so much else clamoring for our attention. It is so in the spiritual realm as well. Isaiah 30:21 says: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Over the past few months I’ve been learning the discipline of listening prayer. During my prayer times I take time to just be still before the Lord, asking Him to speak to me through His word and by the Holy Spirit. Prayer is not a monologue, with us doing all the talking and God doing all the listening. The Lord is the Living God and He wants to speak into our lives. In fact, we desperately need Him to. We live in such a noisy world, and I’m not just talking about the noise that our ears hear. There is much screaming on our hearts and minds for our attention. We need to take time to listen carefully for the singular voice of God as He speaks into our lives “this is the way; walk in it.” When was the last time you heard the Lord clearly direct you like that? May you take time today to stop and listen for God to lead and direct your life.
These have been words from the heart.