I am the guy in the hat. A Christian believer, I have enjoyed relationships with observant Jews and Sufi Muslims. Practitioners of TM, Awareness Meditation and Buddhists find the whole idea of there being a God to talk to problematic and even very curious. Further, I have enjoyed the insightful companionship of a number of people who just are not quite sure what it is all about. I invite you to poke around. Please, leave your thoughts and experiences.
I encourage you to “dwell” in your hearts where God is most likely to be found. Scholars who research such things say that Psalm 90, a Psalm of Moses, is written in the oldest form of Hebrew in the Bible. Moses worshiped for many years before there was a tabernacle and never saw the Temple. He begins:
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations. Ps. 90:1 NIV
We dwell in God. Paul talking about Jesus dwelling in us. If you want to be aware of God’s presence in your life, look for where God dwells. John says,
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10-12 NIV
So we let out hearts dwell on love, love as understanding, acceptance, valuing, encouraging, forgiveness and protection. Here we can find God because this is where God expresses love.
Solomon is our teacher as well. In a vision he asked God for a listening heart. That is the literal Hebrew expression behind the English word “Wisdom.” Solomon wanted “a God listening heart” in order to discern what is right and wrong so he could use his influence effectively. Well, he was very effective. I could use a bit of that, couldn’t you? You find the story in 1 Kings 3:1-15.
Like Solomon, if you take the time to develop a “God listening Heart” you will grow in practical wisdom, a very good thing.