Luke 24:13-32
This is Jesus heartburn(I have to credit Dallas Willard for this term!)...31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dallas Willard

Our concern for discerning God's voice must be overwhelmed by and lost in our worship and adoration of him and our delight with his creation and his provision for our whole life.

Hearing God's word will never make sense except when it is set within a larger life of a certain kind.

Any voice that promises total exemption from suffering and failure is most certainly not God's voice...God does not intend to make us infallible by his conversational walk with us.

In my listening adventure, I have been reading a book by Dallas Willard called Hearing God. I sort of stumbled across the book while on amazon one day last spring, bought it, and then it was mentioned by several people the week that I got it. So, I decided to read it and write down in my journal what I learned from it. Above are several of the quotes that jumped of the page today.

Most importantly I am struck by how often I seek to hear God only when I need an answer, direction, or comfort. God wants a conversational relationship with me...so that's what I am setting out to develop!

Then there's this Nearly all areas of life in which we could become spiritually competent (hearing God and receiving divine guidance among them) confront us with the same type of challenge. They all require us to 'bet our life' that the visible world, while real, is not reality itself.


And one more thing...I'm changing the name of this blog to "Jesus heartburn". That's what the guys on the road to Emmaus got when they walked with Jesus. When their eyes were opened they remembered how their hearts burned within them as they talked with Christ. That's really what I'm seeking...some Jesus heartburn!