“I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.'” – Hab. 2:1-2
Look; Listen; Speak
We are told often in scripture to “keep watch.” It’s possible we do not see God many times because we are not really looking for Him. This attitude of expectation is itself a step of faith. We choose to look actively for Him and for signs of His presence. Can we find reasons to thank him? The open parking spot right next to the door; the check in the mail, the call from a friend. Can we see Him in creation, holding all things together?
The prophet Elijah had a servant who could not see the divine, though it was right in front of him. Elijah asked the Lord to “open” his eyes. Often, we see only the static of the world. Various obstacles block our vision, from misperceptions of God to pain and suffering.
When I felt most distant from God, I remember telling a counselor that God was no where to be seen or heard. He replied that maybe I was not looking in the right places, or simply – I could not see Him.
A friend once told me that God is always at work around us – Not always visibly, but always absolutely. Looking with the eyes of faith can make a sunset become much more than a daily routine.
LOOK for Him in the everyday. It’s an act of faith.
Listening seems to be the missing wonder of the world. Is it just me? Who really listens today? We are hard pressed to put our phones down for the spouse, let alone a God we cannot see. This is precisely why God will reward the listener: hardly anyone is doing it.
Just like the married couple who can communicate buckets without a word, our relationship with God boasts an increase in maturity when prayer is less talk, more listening.
When was the last time you asked God a question and remained silent long enough to let Him answer? Do you believe He really will?
We need moments of stillness and quiet to tune into the work of the Spirit. You can increase your faith today by giving him five minutes of uninterrupted silence. Hear Him or not, your radar is higher. Try it!
He is always speaking, if only we would LISTEN.
This one we learned in kindergarten, though maybe we didn’t know it. Some things are just best internalized when we speak them out loud.
You may have been the kid who had the photographic memory. Or maybe you learned rhymes better while singing. Either way, teachers know that the more sensory techniques they can use the better. And there is just something about speaking out loud that ignites our brain to remember and attach.
The Word of God is our truth. When doubts arise, we need to soak it up. Yet reading alone will not work to increase our faith to it’s maximum potential.
A sword does very little in battle when it is stayed in it’s belt. We hear often of the Word of God being the Sword of the Spirit – our offensive weapon in spiritual warfare.
The Sword is meant to be yielded. We do so by speaking it with our tongue. This is why scriptural prayers are so powerful.
If you want to increase your faith today, claim a scripture out loud! Activate your faith with voice, and watch your faith rise to the occasion. It’s as simple as saying, “I believe!”
SPEAK your faith even when you don’t feel it.
We all want to FEEL a certain thing, but often our feelings are waiting on the other side of our actions. Take the first step – LOOK, LISTEN, & SPEAK. Let faith follow.