Saturday, 5 February 2011

Are we Listening?

Originally posted on the blog "Honest Investigations" on the 31st October 2010

Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening. - 1 Samuel 3:9

How do we expect God to speak to us? Through a sunrise, or in times of peace or triumph? Often times, however, when we listen more clearly are in times of pain, darkness and tragedy.

I think that there is an important distinction in what I've said here. Anyone who has known me for the last couple of years will know that I dislike the concept of 'expectation'. To me, expectation places a burden on others, and, like unforgiveness, ties us down.

So perhaps we must stop expecting God to speak to us, in certain times, or even at all. Instead, we should become listeners. Here, now, today. Whatever our circumstances, listen, so that we can hear what God is saying right now.