The cockpit of a C17 military transport aircraft is amazing. As the two young Air Force Captains went through their preflight checklist, I was astounded by all the instruments they and their crew chief had to monitor and operate before we could taxi down the runway in Stockholm. While I watched from my rear perch, I listened on headphones to the tower. The chatter from the air traffic controllers to incoming and outgoing aircraft was virtually nonstop. As our pilots were busily engaged the tower called their call sign and passed instructions. The male captain asked his female copilot if she heard what was said and she nodded no. Because I was undistracted and heard the message, I was able to convey what they missed. Each time they received instructions they repeated them back to the controller to ensure the transmission was accurately understood. This was a great fail safe for everyone involved and reinforced how important it was to listen.
Revelation 3:20—Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.
I confess that too often my bandwidth is so full of activity that I fail to hear God’s voice. This is like determining to fly my plane without taking instructions from the tower! Shouldn’t I be engaged in discerning what flight path the Lord would have me take and then fellowshipping with Him as I fly?
What happens if we persist in our busyness at the expense of listening? I often wonder if this is not the state of Christendom in America. Little fruit, much apathy, and prolific complacency are three indicators of an unanswered door. Without effort, we may find ourselves constantly surrounded by noise and in danger of missing a word from our Father. I would hate to find out that He knocked and I was too busy to hear Him or that He had a word for me that was missed in all the chatter.
But if we don’t follow up on the Holy Spirit’s leadings, he may see no reason to continue speaking.—Bill Hybels in Too Busy Not to Pray
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