Thur., Feb. 17/22
I’m up, early as usual again. Do my few morning exercises: a few leg stretches, knee bends, kneeling push-ups. Can’t expect much from this besieged old body. But I do what I can, record it when done, and in this way hope to encourage myself on. I was about midway through this recording it bit when the thought (?), call (?) came to me to look up a particular passage which had also just then popped into to my head.
“Just a minute, Lord… almost done here,” I thought (?), prayed (?). Whatever it was I dialogued it in my head. Then I thought another thought. “Wait a minute,” this time consciously addressing myself. “What am I just doing here? Did I just put the Almighty on ‘hold?’”
Never quite sure what I had done… or imagined… I decided to obey. I stopped what I was doing – well, actually no… by now I was done what I was doing – and I looked up the reference. Wouldn’t you know it. It took me to 1 Samuel 3:10. “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
The boy Samuel too had yet to learn the discipline of hearing and responding to God. Chambers calls this the devotion of hearing. We hear best the ones we love. Ask any mother.
“If I love my friend,” writes Chalmers, “I will instinctively understand what he wants. And Jesus said, ‘You are My friends…’ (John 15:14)… The goal of my spiritual life is such close identification with Jesus Christ that I will always hear God and know that God always hears me (see John 11:41).”
“What hinders me from hearing is my attention to other things. It is not that I don’t want to hear God, but I am not devoted in the right areas of my life. I am devoted to things and even to service and my own convictions. God may say whatever He wants, but I just don’t hear Him… I become deaf to Him because my attention is to other things— things which I think I must do.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Feb 13 entry
I don’t hear Him because my attention is on other things… things, I suppose, like recording my morning stretches. Or, I don’t hear Him because there is too much ‘noise’ in my world… too many other things trying to adulterate my devotion. Or perhaps I don’t really love Him at all? Hearing God then demands both — both discipline, and devotion. — What is He saying to you, right now?