Oh My Beloved,
I love you. I love you so very much, but I really need you to be quiet.
When and if you come into my presence, you have so much to say, and I love to hear your voice and I want you to cast all your cares to me, but you my beloved, forget my personhood. You forget that a apart of a conversation is listening. I have things I want to say to you. There are also times when I just want you to take in my presence, silently.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
A part of being with me is being quiet and being taught.
A part of being with me is being quiet and being taught. To be my disciple means to be my student. It means to posture your heart to learn and hear. I am after your heart. Interestingly enough, you cannot spell the word “heart” without the word “hear,” and you cannot spell “hear” without the word “ear.” I want your heart, so give me your ear. Listen to me. Time intimately listening to me in private with show in public that you have been with me. Beloved, you cannot effectively hear and receive while you are talking.
“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”
I am Holy God and you are my beloved, but let your words in my presence be few. I am the God who stores every tear you cry. I know the depths of your heart because I created it. I know you. I want to converse with you and hear what you have to say, but I really need you to come to me in the proper posture first. What is that posture? Is it sitting, kneeling, laid prostrate? It is quieted. It is a quieted heart, no matter how heavy, and a listening ear. It is worship out of a pure place. It is humility and a killing of pride and demand of me. It is agreement with who I am and who you are and how I feel about you. Save your words for worship first, then wait. Then petition. But first is worship.
I know silence can be unnerving and uncomfortable. Just wait. Quiet yourself and expect me to show up. You’ll find that I’ve already been there waiting for you. Also, stop comparing how the next person “got to me,” and just focus on YOU and Me. I do not speak to everyone the same way. Focus on Me. I have something to say. Be available and be quiet. And if you must speak, start with thanksgiving and worship.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
Do not quench My Spirit. I love you. I want to hear you. I have something to say, but I really need you to be quiet.
Love, Abba Father