“My child, if you receive my words…
by making your ear attentive to wisdom,
and by turning your heart to understanding,
indeed, if you… raise your voice for understanding –
if you… search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will discover knowledge about God.”
(Prov. 2:1-5, NET)
Have you ever encountered someone who is an amazing listener? Someone who knows how to ask just the right questions to draw out of you the deep waters of your heart? Did their genuine interest in who you are cause things to slip out of your mouth that you had never anticipated sharing?
Daddy God actually is similarly inspired to open up His heart to those who demonstrate fixated, wholehearted interest in who He is. He loves to be pursued. Do you know that if you become an expert listener in God’s company, you will hear things that you never imagined He would share with you?
I want to share a little tip with you that has helped me steward the treasury of His personal messages to me.
I have found that the Lord will often drop little nuggets into my spirit in spontaneous moments of my day. Usually it’s right in the middle of my mundane routine. I might be exercising, or en route to an errand, or checking my email. In the midst of my activity, I suddenly hear Him. I’ve learned to pay attention to His very subtle whispers.
Often, He doesn’t even fully use English words. We humans need words to communicate with each other; we encapsulate our message into words, and the words transfer the meaning from the speaker to the receiver. However, since God lives inside our spirit, He doesn’t even need words. He drops the meaning right in, Spirit-to-spirit, often without encasing it in specific words. It kind of reminds me of getting an injection instead of needing to swallow a pill. It’s more direct.
So the tip is this: as soon as my spirit picks up on His communication, I grab my phone. I have a note with an ongoing list of His words to me on there. I quickly add to my list whatever His most recent message is. It’s usually one or two sentences long. (I often have to lean into His help to actually put it into English since He didn’t use words in the first place!)
Later, when I have the opportunity to do so, I transfer the note by hand into my journal. In this way, I show Him that I am cherishing absolutely everything He wants to relay to me. I make sure none of His precious rhema to me slips through the cracks.
Daddy is actually pretty talkative, when you are a hungry listener. The more you treasure His thoughts, the more He shares His heart with you.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me…” (Prov. 8:17, NKJV)