J. R. Miller, 1895
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
We miss a great deal—by not being good listeners. The world is full of sweet music, bird songs, the chirping of insects, the sweet murmur of all nature, the breathing of the wind through the trees, the rippling of the waters; and yet some people never hear one melodious sound as they go through the fields and forests. God is ever speaking in our ears, in conscience, in his Word, in the gentle voice of his Spirit; but many of us miss all this wonderful divine speech. We ought to train ourselves to listen, to hear, to be “quick to listen.” We learn by hearing. Truth comes to us from all sides. There is nothing so lowly, that it may not have some message for us.
Unless we go about ever listening—we may miss many a rich lesson, turning away unaware, many an angel who comes from God with a message for us.