Today, as we conclude our exploration of God’s solutions, I want to reemphasize the value, power, and strength of listening. Imagine you’re driving on a highway behind two cars next to one another; one is an old Honda from the 80s with about 150 horsepower, but it has a big, loud-sounding muffler. Next to it is a Tesla Model S Plaid with a thousand horsepower; it’s almost as loud as a golf cart. The question is, which one has the power? Guess what? It’s the quiet one.
Furthermore, from a people perspective, picture yourself in a room with people who are loud and shouting, but you notice one lady or one gentleman sitting in a chair, confidently listening. I’ll tell you who has the power, it’s the quiet ones. The strength is in listening. I’m not suggesting you exercise your listening skills to have control over people. You practice listening to give power to people so they stop feeling angry, insecure and can listen. So many people feel unimportant, not heard, and uncared for, but shouting doesn’t fix it. Listening is a ministry and a way to help others. Remember when Jesus faced evil people who wanted to crucify Him? Jesus was questioned by the governor Pilate and accused by the chief priests and elders. The Bible states: “But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.” Jesus was indeed in the power position.
Friend, we want to learn to be like Christ and to listen before we speak, and I promise it will reap rewards for you. To make a conscious effort to really hear is God’s solution. It’s much better to forgive people, be merciful, and be quick to listen.