Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Big Ears, Little Mouth

Last night I was grateful to God that he has big ears and a little mouth. To be sure, when God speaks, it is thunder and lightning, cracking throughout the world and shaking our hearts at the core (Ps. 29). His voice can also be a whisper that compels us to speak on the rooftops (Matt 10:27). God's voice, whether resounding or soft, is intended to be heard and obeyed.

Though that may be the case, God does not need to have a big mouth in order for his voice to be heard. In fact, as God's child I am thankful that in prayer God doesn't have the big mouth I so associate with those who have all their theology right and want to be the ones who have all the answers for me when I am struggling with something in life. There seems to be a correlation in the command for us to be quick to hear and slow to speak to God's character (James 1:18-20). God's ears are big enough to be patient and gracious in listening to me when I am simply complaining, venting, expressing frustration - all with no real desire for an answer. I am comforted by the fact that prayer does not need to be simply about asking God for stuff and hoping for an answer; prayer can also be about hurling all of my concerns and worries unto God because he cares for me (1 Pet. 5:7). This seems to flow not from pride, but from humility (1 Pet. 5:6).

Furthermore, my gratitude is magnified when my life clashes with those who are quick to speak and slow to listen. To be frank I think this is due to our theological paradigms that are threatened when someone in the community doesn't have it all together. This is coupled with our own wrongful desire to be someone's savior; we want people to say, "Thanks for your words. They had a huge impact, changed my life and now I'm all better." Yet Job's friends did more for him in their silence than they ever did in their speaking (Job 2:13). Next time you have the opportunity to listen to someone - whether they are complaining about their day, struggling in their faith, or even if they are disagreeing with you on something - when you feel like it's your turn to talk, wait just a little longer.

So if there is a prayer that I am lifting up to God which I hope he does answer, it is one that would lead for me, my friends, and for all Christians to be children that reflect the character of their Father. I pray that we will look like him everyday, with big ears that welcome words and little mouths that hold them off.

By His Grace.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for these words. I am so thankful that I'm in relationship with a God who knows me so intimately as to know what I need to hear at all times. And I needed to hear this today. Beginning this counseling program has brought on a whole list of fears/lies that I believe that I didn't even know I had- like thinking I need to solve people's problems, the need to give great advice to believe I'm a "good counselor", be a fortress for people in their turmoil, and basically a realization that deep down, I think I need to be someone else's "savior." Thank you for using God's word and your thoughts on it to help me think more clearly :)

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  2. Hey Megan,
    Thanks for the words. I thought I had written back to you earlier. I'm sorry. I am glad this post helped you think through things in a different way. Looking forward to hearing more about what the program is teaching/not teaching you :)

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