Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. – (John 8:47a, NLT)
God’s children listen to God’s words. – (John 8:47a, CEB)
If you really knew God, you would listen, receive, and respond with faith to His words. – (John 8:47a, TPT)
When we invite God to be the Lord of our lives, we belong to Him. However, really knowing Him is a lifelong process. Faith is something that grows over time, and in our human frailty, we at times, struggle to respond in trust, though He is worthy of all. Thankfully, He is patient and kind, and shows us His faithfulness again and again, helping our hearts to grasp the depth of how intensely we can truly trust Him. May we ever seek the Lord to grow our faith so that we would listen, receive and respond in trust to all that He asks of us.
When we choose the Lord,
To belong to Him;
He develops faith,
Grows our strength within.
Teaches us to hear,
His every word;
Receive and respond,
With faith to what’s heard.
By grace He will grow,
Our faith within us;
So we listen well,
And live like Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You and place our trust in You, You grow our faith and help us listen, receive and respond in faith. Forgive us for the times that we don’t listen, refuse to receive, or fear to respond to that which You ask of us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would gladly move forward in faith in response to all that You are asking. Show us how to love those around us well, so that they too may recognize Your faithfulness and love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we listen to Your words and respond in the faith that You are growing within us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. – 1 Peter 2:19