A couple of weeks ago a jogger running towards me missed out on a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of this deer in the thicket because he was wearing headphones. I only stumbled across this because I heard some rustling sounds in the brush alongside the trail. Now granted this other jogger may have been listening to scripture verses being read or maybe praise music so I really shouldn't find fault with him or others who do obstruct themselves from quietness. But when I am out smack dab in the middle of the woods I prefer to listen to the stillness of quiet and maybe even hear from God.
Listening is the most important beginning of any good relationship. And I think it also plays a significant role in our walk with the Lord; to reserve ourselves a quiet time to just listen to God speak. Sometimes it's our mouth that gets us into trouble anyway. Instead of praying and praising our Father we sometimes may find ourselves airing out our grievances and just plain old grumbling and complaining to God.
If your own children did this to you wouldn't you just tune them out and not pay any attention to them?
You will never recognize God's voice if you are constantly talking and not listening. When you give yourself a chance to not only listen but to grow in your relationship with God you will learn to: love Him more, trust Him more, praise Him more. Then you will see the many fruits and benefits of walking with a Father who cares so much for you that He sent His Son to die on the cross for you.
"Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside" -author unknown