PRAYER: Lord allow us to turn our ears towards you so that we are able to hear from You. Allow us to tame our tongues for the better.
VERSE OF THE DAY: James 1:19
How often do you find yourself wanting to speak and say what is on your mind? While this can sound and be good, there are also times when we should be quick to listen and slow to speak. God desires to speak to us daily but how often do we mix up the instructions given to us? We are often more quick to speak to God but very slow to listen, which then leads us to anger. Yes, I said it correctly. Why are we walking around frustrated and angry when our prayers are not answered in a timely manner? It’s because we are not following what is required of us. Furthermore, we are His children and if we don’t listen then chances are we are not rewarded accordingly.
We should not be quick to speak and slow at listening to God. In fact we are instructed to be quick to listen and slow to speak. This principle does not just apply among your brothers and sisters. It applies even more in your personal relationship and walk with God. Sometimes you must humble your heart in order to be a reciprocate of what God is trying to do in and through you, as well as to what He is trying to say. Humbling your heart sounds so easy but in all actuality it is very difficult, especially if it is not apart of your daily practice. It means you actually have to step back and watch how you conduct yourself. It means you have to know when to speak and when to listen.
We must maintain our tongues. We must discipline ourselves to know when to say it and how to say it. Listening is an important skill in communicating. We have to discipline our mouths and ears. God has so much He desires to share with us but if we are not listening when He speaks we are not able to retain what it is He is trying to tell us. So today, listen to God. Don’t be so quick to make requests from Him instead meditate on His goodness. Lead with your ears and follow with your tongue.