Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
- Proverbs 19:27
and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
- Psalm 35:8-14
“Who has the best ears in the animal kingdom? It’s not the adorable long-eared rabbit. Actually, the tiny Greater Wax Moth responds to sound frequencies up to 300 kilohertz, the highest recorded for any creature in the natural world. The humble moth’s hearing is more than just a cool superpower; it’s essentially his only hope in outmaneuvering his natural predator, the sonar-driven bat.
“Think about the moth and bat as you read today’s verse. As a follower of Christ, you have an enemy seeking to destroy the good work God is doing in your life. The good news is there is no temptation, oppression, or slavery Christ has not already overcome. Even so, the key to escaping the clutches of your adversary is in listening. When you carefully attend to God’s words, He can faithfully lead you out of danger.”
- Presidential Prayer Team
The common response to the question “Did you hear they have great hearing aids these days?” is and will always be, “Ehhh?” with you hand to your ear.
Old folks love to make that response. Of course, if they did not hear you, they would not respond that way.
But do we go “Ehhh?” to God?
Sadly, early, and at times, often.
God talks to us, but do we listen? Have you ever listened to a sermon and it seemed that it was a private conversation with just you and the preacher? That is God talking.
Have you ever read a portion of Scripture and felt a burning desire to incorporate what you have just learned from the Scripture into your life? Again, God talking.
Have you ever prayed and something was revealed to you, often the opposite of what you had just requested? Do I need to say that you just heard God talking again?
Now if you have never listened to the preacher’s sermon or read the Bible or prayed, you may have just stumbled over your lack of hearing from God.
You need to seek out God’s will in general, and God’s will specific to you. Continue to study the Bible. Continue to pray. Continue to worship. And continue to listen.
“Eeeh? What’d you say?”
CONTINUE TO LISTEN.
Update of our health issues: The cough from the flu is very persistent and, according to the doctor, continue for a couple more weeks. My wife has returned to the hospital. She spent three nights in the hospital with the flu, plus A-Fib. She has spent her second night this week with worsened kidney failure, water retention, and elevated thinning of the blood – mostly after effects of the flu and the adjustments in medication. They say that she comes home today.
Apologies: I wrote and posted this without a second read, due to my tight schedule. Please understand. There may be typos.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.