The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1Samuel 3:10)
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words; Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22)
I was ready for the challenge! I was twenty-three years old. She was a baby. I had a college education. She had determination! Suddenly, she made her move and crawled as fast as she could for the electrical outlet! She looked over at me and reached out her dimpled hand in defiance! I sternly said, “Look at mommy! Don’t you dare touch that outlet!” We had been here before — many times — and each time I’d watch her teeter between wanting what she wanted and yielding to my voice. To her credit, she looked at me and stalled for about ten seconds before she touched it!
“Look at Me!” It’s a directive that parents use to get their child’s attention. It is meant to entice the young one away from one focal point and onto the parent in order to give needed correction or guidance. Babies, of course, cannot appreciate the good intentions of the parent and simply want what they want! Sadly, even grown up, we tend to get focused on things that don’t bring life or worse, are harmful to us. Submitting our desires to God and turning to Him for direction is essential to maintaining a balanced and healthy spiritual life.
The problem is not so much that we want this or that, but rather that our hearts get so filled up with good things (and not so good things) that there is little room left to want God.
Can you hear God when He calls you to look at Him? It might be a still, small voice, an internal nudge or a louder invitation, like an ulcer, or a life that is falling apart. If we are not in the habit of “listening”, His might sound like one voice among many.
There is a fine-tuning that happens each time we hear and obey God. The sound of Him becomes clearer!
Likewise, we can deaden our sense of Him by ignoring His prompts and turning away from His face.
Looking for God, listening as we make decisions or walk out the front door is necessary if we are to be helped to want what is most worthy of wanting! Do you want God? I do, in theory! But, too often, I really just want what I want and depend on His kind, steady voice to help me turn away from things that distract me and look at Him. I want to be aware of God in the middle of my day, especially when He says, “Judy, look at Me!”
I need to feel the sound of Him correcting, directing and helping me find my way to His will.
I need to hear His voice say “I love you” in my every moment and learn to want Him most of all.
“Father, I thank you that you are a wise and watchful parent. Help me to hear you call when I am in heading away from your will and in need of redirecting! Keep finding me! Amen.”
What about you?
Can you hear God when He calls to you?
How do you look at God?
What sorts of things help you hear His voice?
Are you learning to want God, most of all?
There is nothing more orienting than looking at God! It finds us!
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