As I reflected on this, I realized there was a spiritual application to these three words as well. We are living in a time of unawareness to things happening around us that could be dangerous to our spiritual wellbeing.
Stop and look around you. Take a good look. Listen closely. How many people do you see staring hypnotically at their handheld devices? How many phone conversations are intruding into your space? How many vehicles are being driven by people talking or texting while driving? How many children are playing video games or watching movies rather than interacting with other children or playing outside? At social gatherings or restaurants, how many people are in their own world, checking social media or playing games on their phones rather than having meaningful conversations and enjoying the company of those around them?
We are living in a media fog. It is so thick that it is preventing us from truly seeing those around us. Relationships are suffering as a result. Family members are being ignored. Children and spouses are starving for attention while we are escaping reality in social media, games, and videos.
But these are only relational issues. What about how it affects our spiritual life? We need to be intentional about stopping, looking, and listening for what God is trying to do or say. Are we stopping our frantic activities to make space for God in our lives? Are we looking to see the hand of God working in our lives to provide, protect, and bless us? Are we listening closely to hear His still, small voice giving us guidance and direction?
I realize that we live busy lives, but let’s not get caught up in the distractions of this world. Let us take the time every day to stop, look, and listen to what God wants to do in our lives. What is He trying to speak into our lives? What is He trying to prevent? Stop and spend quality time with God, it might save you from spiritual disaster, and protect you and your family from destruction, both present and eternal.
STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN!
Psalm 63:1a “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: …”
Hebrews 12:2a “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; …”
1 Samuel 3:9b “… thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. …”