By: Dave Messenger
Did you ever think that you know God pretty well and that that you have learned a great deal about Him. It seems to me that every time I think that way He usually makes me realize that I really don't know Him all that well and that I know much less about Him than I could.
I believe God desires that we learn to know Him on a more personal level and to know more about Him. In order to know someone better it requires a conversation with them. A conversation is two-way. A conversation not only requires speaking by one party but it requires listening by the other party. Did you ever have a "conversation" with someone and they did all of the talking and you couldn't get a word in edgewise? I believe that is sometimes how we treat God. We do all of the talking and don't give Him a chance to talk back to us. If we would spend more time "conversing" with God rather than to God perhaps we would receive more answers to life's problems, challenges, whatever we are in need of, or are seeking God for answers to. If we do all of the talking and God is only allowed to listen, how is it that we expect Him to answer us? The dictionary defines "converse" as: to talk informally with another or others; exchange views, opinions, etc. by talking. Wow! So if we talk with God informally and exchange our views and opinions with Him and allow him to talk back to us by telling us His views and opinions, wouldn't we have a much greater understanding of God and know him better. Proverbs 2:6 (NLT) says that "For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding." In order to gain that wisdom, knowledge and understanding we must first learn to listen to what He is saying to us.
If we are intently listening for God to speak to us I believe He can also speak to us through: His Word, other people, a time of worship, a time of prayer, a time of fasting. Don't you think that if we would only be patient and sit quietly just listening for God to speak to us perhaps we would receive more answers? We shouldn't always come to God by just making our requests only known to Him and doing all of the talking. Sometimes I think we need to develop that intimate conversation and relationship with Him and learn to just listen for the sound of His voice.
Did you ever call out to your pet to come or to do something, whether it be a dog or another animal? Do they not know the sound of their master's voice? They are not only obedient to that voice but they know the sound of their master's voice very well. How much more should we know the sound of our Master's voice, like the scripture says in John 10:27 (NLT) "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." When He speaks to us we should listen and hear what it is that He has to say to us.