Communion:  The act of sharing one’s thoughts and emotions with another; intimate converse; an intimate relationship with deep understanding (Webster’s Dictionary).


With global communication so easily accomplished, words are floating all around us.  Radios and televisions talk all day without stopping.  It would probably not be possible to chart how many telephone conversations are going on right now.  Look at any means of communication and you will realize that millions of words are being processed at any given time.


With all those words in flight from one person to another, how many of them do you suppose are directed toward God, our creator, the one who gave men and women the knowledge to invent all these methods of speaking to one another world wide?


Someone said, “One half the world has something to say and can’t; the other half have nothing to say and keep saying it.”  And some of them keep saying it over and over again whether anyone wants to hear it or not.  Could it be because we have a hard time finding someone with something worthwhile to say?  Or perhaps it is because listeners have their ears so full already, they have just tuned it out?  Whatever the reason, there is a great communication gap, in spite of all the mouths to voice it and devices to communicate it.


If we made a list of failed communication, it would be endless, including families, friends, even nations.  Heads of state meet to try to improve their relations, but the gap still exists.  It is time for earth to stop and listen.

“A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak…” (Ecclesiastes 3:7).

“But the Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence before him” (Habakkuk 2:20).


You see, the one really left out of communion more than any other is the Lord Himself.  He is the One who gave us the ability to speak and to listen, yet a minority listen to what He has to say and rarely take time to talk to Him.  What can we do to improve our communion with God?


There is a lot we can do!  The very first thing on the list is to set our priorities in order.  The order of our priorities can be manipulated and moved around based on changes and circumstances—except for one.  The number one priority should be communion with God, and it should be permanently set (as in concrete!).  When we get that priority right, the others will line up properly.  If God gets moved in the shift of most-to-least importance, it will result in chaos and confusion as to what is really important.


“Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength:  let them come near; then let them speak…”(Isaiah 41:1).

Did you notice the order in the verse above?  First “keep silent before me, renew their strength” and then, and only then, “let them come near and speak.”  After they have heard God speak and bring them renewal, they will be prepared to speak intelligently and forcefully.  They will have learned the truth from God and then will be able to apply it to every situation in their lives.  To hear Him speak, He instructed them to “come near.”  That might very well be part of our problem.  We are uncomfortable to “come near” God if we are living apart from Him.  Our conscience makes us feel guilty, and our guilt makes us backtrack from drawing near to God.  Actually the opposite should be applied.  We come near to God with our sinful baggage and give it to him in exchange for His declaration of our innocence.  The innocent have no fear in drawing near to a loving Heavenly Father.


E. Stanley Jones said, “Prayer [communion] is surrender—surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will.  If I throw out a boat hook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore?  Prayer is not pulling God to my will but the aligning of my will to the will of God.”


Generally, God doesn’t speak audibly to us today (though I would not rule it out completely!), but He speaks nonetheless.  He has given us His words in the Bible and left us with the Holy Spirit to assist in our understanding what His will is.  When we follow this order, we can have communion with God, that intimate fellowship that surpasses any other available.  If we could just be quiet long enough and often enough to listen and talk to our Heavenly Father to get his take on what is happening in our lives, we would be better equipped to deal with every other relationship we have. 

Communion with God creates and improves communion with others.


Can you imagine how blessed earth would be if all the nations’ heads, every corporate board chairman, every school administrator left a vacant chair in every meeting acknowledging God’s presence and inviting the Holy Spirit to enlighten their minds so that decisions would be based on the highest principles!  That thought is exciting, though, sadly, it will never happen in this life.


However, we as Christians can activate such a practice.  Why don’t you try it sometime?  When the church board meets, leave a chair empty and delegate it to Jesus.  When the family needs to have a council, set a chair up for Jesus and acknowledge His presence, accept His decisions as the Holy Spirit enlightens and inspires you.  Of course, we know that Jesus doesn't need a chair to be with us.  In fact, our bodies are His temple!  The Spirit of God dwells within us!  Awesome!  But God would be pleased if we pointedly invited Him to have a place on our agenda and input in the decisions to be made. It would be very profitable for us!.


I don’t know where I picked up the following, but it is applicable.

“It takes the action of God to have the revelation of God.  What we know of God is initiated by Him; and, if not for His desire to be known, we would not know.”

He has fully revealed Himself in Jesus Christ.  Let us make a resolution to draw near, be renewed in our spirit, listen to what He says and then go from His presence with something worthwhile to say.  Someone just might be listening and needing what we have to tell them.

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:  though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).  ~~Innocence restored!~~

“We are restless until we find our rest in God.” …St. Augustine.


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