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Ears Open, Mouth Closed

Posted: Thursday, September 3

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7
Psalm 47:1-9
Proverbs 22:16 


Verse of the day:

As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2)

Have you ever actually listened to yourself pray? Do you find yourself repeating the same things? Repeating the same phrases in the same order?  Imagine if we talked to people the way we talk to God?



I love the advice that Solomon gives to us today. So many of us come into church with a mindset of all we need to say to God, We are mad, or hurting, or angry, and we want him to know about it and we want to know what he is going to do about it. Have you ever just come into God’s presence with the purpose of just being quiet? Have you ever just wanted to hear from God?



Our world is so filled with noise. Everywhere we go there is background noise. If we don’t like the noise then we just put on headphones and play our own playlists and get lost in our own distractions. We don’t read quietly any more. We don’t just sit and think. We definitely don’t pray without words. It is not even praying if we aren’t’ talking, right?



Today let me challenge you to open your ears and close your mouth. Make it a point to try and sit in God’s presence for just ten minutes without saying a word, or without thinking, too much. This is not meditation, by the way. Mediation wants you to empty your mind. God works will full minds, not empty ones. Just simply be still and quiet. God speaks most in whispers and nudges. Let’s let our words be few, so we can hear His few words.