Willing to Linger

It’s audio devo day! Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in, and let Holy Spirit wash over you with refreshing as you listen:

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(This the last of a three-part series. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

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Over the last two weeks, we’ve been talking about what it looks like to respond to Jesus’ life-altering invitation, “Come to Me.” We discussed how to posture our hearts in response to His tender beckoning. This week, we’re going to wrap up this discussion with a few more thoughts on the matter. What else is our Savior looking for in us, as we respond to His call? Let’s marinate today in a few verses that address this question.

Through the following Scriptures, the One who loves us more than His own life continues to draw us unto Himself. In doing so, He asks us to be…

1) Willing to Adopt a Posture of Utter Dependency. This characteristic goes hand in hand with the willingness to be childlike. The Prophet Isaiah beautifully expressed the heart of the Savior on this: Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isa. 55:1, ESV, emphasis mine).

He’s so eager for us to come to Him. Do you hear His voice? He’s gently pointing out to us that we don’t have any “money.” We can’t pay for the extravagant provision He is offering. In spirit, we are utterly poor. Our own attempts to be good enough are as “filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). All we can do is receive His lavishness with sheer, overflowing gratitude.

Again, He is calling to us, beckoning to us, with unutterable tenderness. “Come! Without anything to offer in return, come unto Me! Please, let Me lavish you. Let me satiate your soul’s hunger and thirst with the richest of fare!”

You know, your relationship with Him — it’s nothing you do for Him. “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy” (Rom. 9:16, ESV). As His Word also pointedly asks us, who has ever given to God? (Rom. 11:35). It’s all about what He has done for us, and continues to do, for and in and through us, every day of our lives. He delights to perpetually pour out His opulent goodness on us! The more we surrender to the position of utter dependency on Him, the more we will be able to receive of Him this abundance.

2) Willing to Linger and Listen. Will we come to Him? If so, we’ll need to learn to become eager, unhurried listeners. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live” (Isa. 55:2-3, ESV, emphasis mine).

Have you ever felt the emotions this passage describes? Like you’ve worked so hard, spent yourself in vain, and you “can’t get no satisfaction”? Yeah, He gets that. And He has something so much better He wants to bestow on you and me. SO. MUCH. BETTER. But it’s going to take some lingering. It’s going to take some leaning in for His whispers. No half-hearted or hurried listening is going to do it for us. What He’s beckoning us into is a lifetime of intimacy with Him. “Listen diligently… incline your ear… come to Me…”

Respond. Be willing. Come to Him. Snuggle in. Listen to His heartbeat with all that you are. Listen to its steady rhythm telling you everything is going to be so much better than okay. Listen to His gentle murmurs reassuring you of your permanent place in His arms. Listen to whatever He wants to share with you. What is He thinking? What is He feeling? Will you ask Him? Will you let Him share His heart with you? Will you become His confidant? Will you become His eager listener?

“Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me…” (Isa. 55:2-3, NKJV).

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Have you, like me, been on a long journey of learning to come to Him, learning to listen for His voice? Is there a particular lesson from this journey that sticks out to you the most?

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “Willing to Linger

  1. Jennifer, less then one hour ago, I read the same verses you quoted above, during my study and meditation time with Jesus ! It is always startling but not new when this happens. Spirit has used this approach with me for years. I have asked why a number of times. Confirmation of hearing His still quiet voice is one reason. Persuasion for me to take more time and LINGER is His presence. A special message for me and possibly others. Our God is so patient and loving towards us that “repeating” His word to us ,is a GIFT to remind us that we have His full attention. I so give thanks to the Lord in this journey that He has prepared me for. ” Be still and know that I am God “. We must do this throughout each day. Amen Len W. [When the Lord repeats Himself, we ought to pay MORE attention]

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    1. I so love how He does that! I treasure it and find so much comfort in it, like He’s assuring me that I am on the right track. I fully agree that we should pay extra close attention when He repeats a matter multiple times!

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    1. I’m delighted that you were able to listen and be blessed, Richard! Thank you so much for the encouraging input, I truly value it and am so grateful. His wonderful peace to you too, today and always!

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  2. One of the strongest things a person will ever say is “I need help.” I would wager that the most truly secure people we encounter have said this, knowing that they don’t have all the answers– and that it’s perfectly okay!
    I think the importance of quiet time cannot be overstated. I had the opportunity last night to lash out in anger and frustration, but with God’s help (and a glass of wine) the tension passed. We cannot hear His guidance unless we enter the quiet.

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  3. Hello Jennifer, it is good to hear about your well being and to hear what you had to say in the audio. I know I haven’t been interacting much lately but I always try to read your work and drop a like to show support.

    Where I’m from we are still in a partial lockdown but I’m comfortable knowing that I’m locked down with the GOD haha. And when it’s over I will continue to take the necessary steps daily to get closer and closer to him.

    I day to day like we often have to hurry to get to work or go to an appointment but we must not forget our place. We must know our place, and our place with the almighty, so I will like to know that my direction is towards him.

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    1. And that is so beautiful to His heart, my Pata. He is so pleased with your desire to draw near to Him and know Him more! And no worries whatsoever and the frequency of comments. I myself have been so busy that I haven’t been able to interact as much with comments either. Different seasons come and go, and we roll with them 🙂

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      1. Yes amen Jennifer, I believe it is my friend. With the almighty, there is always something to do, there is always a heart to heal, a life to save, a tear to wipe. There is no dull moment in the moving grace of GOD. The devil finds work for idol hands, but there is no way such negative deeds will have influence if we remain focused on GOD’s workshop 📏✂📝🔭.

        That is so true life has obstacles every now and again and sometimes these obstacles, though not being a diversion or deterrent, do take a while to get over hahaa. Happy to see you as always 👍😄.

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      2. Wow hello Jennifer, thank you so much ❤ <3.

        I am more than happy to see what you thought of my comments about your terrific topic, and your feedback was tremendous as always; I am really appreciative haha

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