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God is speaking all the time. It's up to us to listen, to have our hearts open to hear.

You have before you a wonderful opportunity, a chance once again to listen for the quiet voice of God. Open your heart now to hear.

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Listen

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements — surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb? — when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?"

Job 38:1-11

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Think

There may be many times when we find ourselves questioning God, like Job did. When we lose a friend or don’t get a part or get cut from a team, it can feel like we have been abandoned. But our hearts are opened again when we realize how much bigger God is than anything we are facing.

When Job had questions of why bad things were happening to him, his friends tried to tell Job it was because of things he had done. But when he asked God, the Lord answered with a series of questions to remind Job (and us) that God has been present from the very beginning to create the world and all that is in it. Bad things happen even to good people. We are reminded that “all the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy.” In the midst of trials, there is still much more joy to see, hear, and feel if we open our hearts to God’s presence. Today — look and listen!

Jeff Light

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Pray

When I look around me, I have so many questions. I sometimes feel helpless and hopeless when I see and feel pain. Open my heart, my ears, and my mouth to hear and sing songs of joy. Amen.

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Go

Will your heart be open
To hear what God will say?
Will your eyes be clear
So you can follow in God's way?
God is speaking.
Listen now.
The way is clear.
Follow.

Jeff Light

Jeff Light is a Presbyterian minister from the Kansas City area. He is also a training manager for a non-profit organization. Jeff has a daughter in college, a son in high school, and two dogs.

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