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Are we listening for God to speak? - James C. Bell

I had an opportunity recently to read a story or two in a little book entitled, "Our Daily Bread." Perhaps, you have heard of it, or have even read it yourself.

I was quite impressed with one story-"Are We Listening?" I'm sure the author won't mind my quoting some of his story here:

"There was a film made in 1950, 'The Next Voice You Hear,' [and] it tells the story of a family with typical amounts of trials and tensions. Then one night the voice of God speaks on the radio. But not just their radio-God's voice is heard throughout the world on every radio, saying the same thing at the same time.

"At first, not all the people heard the broadcast, but those who did quickly told everyone they could and soon all people were listening to what God had to say. Many were afraid at first, and then, as they listened to God's teaching, they began to behave better, they were more considerate of others and even began to treat others according to God's 'Golden Rule.' Soon, the world became a much more friendly place, crime diminished, hunger and disease decreased because people learned to share with their fellow man, and to help all those in need.

"Churches were full to overflowing and people really began to follow the instructions of the Lord God."

Does this story seem too good to be true? You know, God still speaks to us, if we will only listen. I have heard some people say, "if God would only speak to me, I would listen to Him and surely do what He says!"

The Bible says in Psalms 46:10: "Be still and know that I am God." God is saying we should believe in Him and listen to Him, and then He will teach us His ways and lead us in pathways of righteousness. We need to do more than just listen to God, for as James 1:22 tells us, "Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only."

This surely means we must read the Bible and pray that He will open our understanding and allow us to grow in knowledge and in deeds. We don't need to hear the Lord over the radio in order to understand what He wants us to do! He has given us His Holy Word for instruction and communication with Him. Do we not hear Him speak from the pages of the Bible?

Consider 2nd Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land."

Then look to Psalms 37:3a, 4, and 5: "Trust in the Lord and do good-delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this."

Now read one of my favorite verses, Micah 6:8: "He has showed you oh man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Are we listening for God to speak to us? We should be doing much more than just listening! The first thing all of us must do is humble ourselves. I think this means we must admit our sins and believe there is a God, and ask Him to forgive our sins in Jesus Christ's name.

We must do this sincerely and in a spirit of prayer, seeking to please God and honor and praise Him. We must not only realize we have sinful ways, but to turn from them and be sure we live our lives according to the teachings of God and His Bible.

If we do this, what does He say to us, what does He "speak" to us? He says then He will hear from heaven and forgive our sins and heal our land! Has there ever been a more needful time for God to heal our land?

We must pray for God to send a great revival to our land, so that all Americans will turn from their wicked ways and repent of their sins. I pray you will join me in this prayer: "God send a revival and let it begin in me!"