Daily Bread August 05

Be Willing to Listen
Ed Van Meter of Las Vegas, NV, USA

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2

Did you know the hummingbird can see farther and hear better than humans and that both the hummingbird and the butterfly have the ability to see ultraviolet light?

As Christians we have been given the ability to see, hear, and discern things that others may never experience or know. But to understand what God wants us to know and share with others, we need to listen first.

We need to understand that despite the fears we feel about the world around us, God’s hand is working. We need to know that despite the busyness, distractions, and conversations that consume our thoughts, God is present.

Yes, there will be changes we cannot control or even understand. Perhaps we will only live long enough to see the beginnings of change. But we must have the faith of Moses who realized God would continue to lead the people. God has used many different men and women throughout history to teach us, to lead us, to comfort us, and to live and die for us.

When we listen, we may be able to discern and understand the message and what is really taking place. The choices will not always seem clear, but as long as we do not conform ourselves to the world and as long as we trust that God is continuing to lead, we will know the peace that God wants for each of us so we can continue in God’s work.

But first we must let the Holy Spirit breathe and speak within us. We must be willing to hear the Spirit.

Prayer Phrase

“… the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4).

Spiritual Practice

Breathing God’s Compassion

Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Imagine each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale, especially into places and situations in need of loving care. Give thanks to the Spirit, source of every breath, source of life.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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