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How to Listen to God in Everyday Chaos
May 10, 2012 Christian living

Listen to God in everyday chaos

Life is hectic and demanding. We might feel there is no time to spend with God. But the truth is there is always time for things we value. And there are ways to listen to God in the middle of everyday chaos. There are ways to blend God’s love in everything we do and everywhere we go.

God has made it pretty clear to us what he wants from us: Obey me so that I may become your God and you may become my people. Follow the path I mark out for you so that it may go well with you.” (Jeremiah 7:23, CEB, emphasis added) Okay. We want to do that, right? But how? It’s not that difficult. We often make it more complicated that it really is. Basically it’s living our lives before God. Giving ourselves and our lives, everything’s that in it, to God as a living sacrifice. God will then work in our lives for his glory and for our good.

How that affects our every day lives? Here’s what Frank Laubach says: “All during the day, in the chinks of time between the things we find ourselves obliged to do, there are the moments when our minds ask: ‘What next?’ In these chinks of time, ask Him: ‘Lord, think Thy thoughts in my mind. What is on Thy mind for me to do now?’ When we ask Christ, ‘What next?’ we tune in and give Him a chance to pour His ideas through our enkindled imagination. If we persist, it becomes a habit.”

Walking with God is breathing with God, tuning in with God. When we ask, God will respond. William Temple has said “When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t pray, they don’t.” It’s true. Prayer works. Because God wants to be part of our lives. As Psalm 147: 11 (CEB) says The Lord treasures the people who honor him, the people who wait for his faithful love.

God loves you and wants to interact with you. Do you tune in? Or do you tune out? Your choice. Make it a good one.

 

Gracious God,
We bring to you all we are and all we have.
May Thy will happen in/through/for us.
Enable us to always stay in tune with You.
Show us what it means to walk closely with you.
Thank you for treasuring us.
We love and adore you forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What does help you to listen to God in everyday chaos?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you walk with God!

Image courtesy of Daniel R. Linking up today with Thought-Provoking Thursdays.

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