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Topic: Think (09/02/10)
TITLE: Causes Me To Think
By Karla Carlson
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Malachi 3:16 (NIV) "Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. "
When I came across this verse it really struck me. The last phrase of the first sentence says, "…the Lord listened and heard." Wow, the reality that the Lord listens to me and truly hears me is something I cherish. However, what amazed me here is the picture that is painted. To me this is a picture of me and two of my girlfriends sitting at Starbucks talking. As we are talking, laughing and drinking coffee the Lord is not only listening to us but he hears us. So many times we think of the Lord listening when we pray or call out to him but that is not what this verse is describing. The Lord is listening to a conversation by those who fear him and it may not be about Him. I can just see the Lord looking down on his children listening and watching, for these women as they sit at Starbucks and chat.
Just the thought causes me to stop and think about those everyday moments when I am just chatting with my friends. Is it uplifting? Is it giving praise to the Lord or is it tearing down others with gossip? I want to be a person who is thoughtful and deliberate when it comes to my Christian walk. I do not want to be a Sunday morning Christian, I want to be someone who is deliberate in everything that I do. So, I memorized this verse to help remind me to always think about the fact that my Lord is not only listening when I pray but every moment of my day. I want to be the person He writing about in His scroll of remembrance because I am bringing glory and honor to Him.
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