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Quit Talking…and Listen

You cannot effectively talk and listen at the same time. I once heard it said, “God gave you one mouth and two ears; that’s so you can know that you’re supposed to talk a whole lot less than you listen.” How true this is!

Sometimes people talk and talk without letting others get a word in edgewise. Or perhaps they’ll take a break from talking just for a moment,  but instead of listening to the other person’s thoughts, they’re planning what they’re going to say next. Either way, they gain no real comprehension of what the other person is trying to convey.

By the time we get to Job 19, Job has been talking—and complaining—a lot. It’s almost tiring to read through his long dissertations about how bad his life has become. He remarks in verse 7 that his calls and pleas to God come back unanswered, and maybe he’s right. Sometimes God chooses to be silent. Yet oftentimes God is wanting and pining to speak—if we’d only be quiet and listen.

Are our lives so cluttered with scheduled activities that we have no room to sit and listen, read God’s Word, and seek counsel from Godly friends? Isaiah 30:21 shows that God often explicitly, undoubtedly directs us and tells us exactly where to go and what to do. Perhaps we just need to shut our mouths and let Him tell us.

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