Major concerns in our minds can make it hard to listen to God’s comforting words. However, it’s in those very moments when we must put aside our worries and quiet down our thoughts to just listen.
I had a lot of worries going through my mind, and in particular, how we would obtain a home later this year. A certain project that I thought would come through for us fell through. My expectations of how the month was to go did not happen the way it had played out in my mind.
During my time alone with Jesus, He reminded me and said, “Just listen to my voice, let me comfort you.” It was at that moment that I realized I just needed to listen to Jesus and put all my worries to the side.
It was only then that I could hear Him clearly and receive His comfort.
God reminded me that He is in control and led me to Psalm 37:18 which says, “The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.” My worried heart turned to a peaceful heart where I could then continue on with my day without carrying a burden that I was never meant to carry.
Instead of going about our tasks and ignoring our aching and worried hearts, let us prioritize peace. God would rather us abide in Him and be at peace than go about our day in worry.
The cure to our worries is to stop carrying our worries and to simply lay them at the feet of Jesus. We must entrust Him to take care of us. When we put aside our own worries and thoughts, we can then clearly hear Jesus speak to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus reminds us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Learning from Jesus starts with listening to Jesus. While it’s great to share with Jesus how we are feeling, we need to make sure we spend time listening to what He has to say to us. Change in us happens when we receive a revelation from Jesus Himself and that revelation comes from listening.
In Luke 10:39-40, we see Martha busy making preparations for Jesus while Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to what He was saying. Jesus later tells Martha that “‘few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”
If there is only one thing we should be doing, it should be listening to Jesus. Jesus now lives in us through the Holy Spirit which means we can listen to Him anywhere we are. We don’t need to be in our room or at church to hear Jesus. We can hear Him as long as we posture our heart towards Him.
Will you take time today to give Jesus your time and attention?
When the journey gets tough, let His voice remind you that He is with you and He is faithful to do what He said He will do. Sometimes we just need to persevere long enough to see God’s Word come to pass (Galatians 6:9). So remember, just listen.
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Prayer: Jesus, help me to tune my ears to your loving voice and truth each and every day.