I am going to post several jewels from the book of Ecclesiastes. There will be no order, rhyme, or reason. I will post what strikes me as worthy of sharing on the day I desire to share.
Ecclesiastes 5 talks about worship. There are several parts to this short passage and they give us a glimpse at some of the practices of worship. The first practice is “listening.”
Ecclesiastes 5:1b ESV
To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.
To draw near to God to listen. How often do we do that? In my corporate worship times at traditional churches, never once have I been encouraged to approach God for the purpose of listening to His voice.
Communication is a two way street. Ask any married couple who is making it work. Communication is both about talking and listening. I cannot just talk to Keri all the time and call it “communication.” She would get frustrated and disconnect. And she would never have a chance to tell me what she thought.
Maybe it’s the same way with God. We are so busy talking to Him that we never give Him a chance to speak. No wonder we are frustrated when we never feel like we hear from God. We aren’t giving Him the chance.
Perhaps we would do better to spend more time listening to God than speaking to Him. The whole “God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason” thing. Maybe we really should be quick to hear and slow to speak. (James 1:19)