Come and listen. Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.
When was the last time you heard the Father’s voice clearly speak to you? When was the last time you stopped all you were doing to just “come and listen?”
I woke up early this morning before the hot African sun could begin to melt away all energy and motivation. Tea in one hand, pen in the other, I was mediating on the words and laws I had just read from Leviticus. And by meditating, I mean more like pleading with the Father to reveal the treasure and wisdom He had to share with me amongst all the sacrificial laws.
Sweetly narrating that time was a song by David Crowder, Come and Listen. Music sure has a way of wooing me into the Father’s presence, strings and keys, melody and song. I gently closed my Bible and sat back just resting in His presence. So often I get caught up in trying, doing, seeking. Wanting learn something new, gaining wisdom, knowing my Abba’s heart in a new way. And I forget that just as much as the Lord speaks through scripture, He speaks to me personally. It’s just whether or not I choose to actually come and listen.
“The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:2-3
He calls us all by name and we recognize His voice.
But if we’re not listening, we won’t hear Him.
My co-squad leader Cali gave me some great wisdom several months back as I was praying about a difficult decision. To roughly quote her, she said:
“Go to the Father and wait for Him to speak. In making a decision such as this you need to hear directly from Him and through no one else. In the future when it gets challenging and you begin to doubt or question whether or not you’ve made the right choice, you can always go back to the words He spoke to you. Because the Father and His words never change.”
Whether you’re facing a difficult situation, or maybe just struggling to be seen and known, come before the Father and listen. He already knows your name. He always wants to speak to His beloved sheep.
So, let us come and listen.