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Note from 2018
The Lord has helped me when spending some time in contemplation to think on the method of processing information from the Lord. When I reflected one day and actually took the time to be with God and be still for a min, I realized that there is a method that seems to progress when “chewing” or meditating on what God has revealed. The process seems to flow in a pattern somewhat of steps as follows: Listen, Remember, Reflect, Think, and Act. Firstly, when the Lord speaks, our auto-response (should be at least) is to listen to what He says. But that is not our auto-response many times, if we are honest. Like with the example of the saint Job in the Old Testament. “But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say” (Job 33:1). Listening to God is not a New Testament concept, the Lord has spoken from the very beginning, and not just to prophets.
When we seem to remember, or we “look” back on what He has told us, we are brought back to reality. Our minds recollect that we have heard from God (if its tested thoroughly) and when we are correct in our recalling His instruction, we can then act on it. We have to then reflect on what we have remembered so that we can understand what God told us. Sometimes, really reflecting hard can help you even understand why God did so at that time, show you that particular thing. When we can reason like that on His directions, we can think on the mode of action that will be beneficial to us, and perhaps also required of us. To end up the process, we will definitely in some way have to act on what we have received. And if we decide to not act, that is still a decision.
Recall Jesus’ Parable – The Parable of the Sower
3″Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed…..23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Matthew 13:3, and verse 23).
And a warning earlier in that chapter 13 of Matthew: “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them” (Matthew 13:15)
and he continues…
“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear” (Matthew 13:16)