Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Ecclesiastes 5:1
to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.):— attentively, call (gather) together, carefully, certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear(-ken, tell), indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim(-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, surely, tell, understand, whosoever, witness.
How then will they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14-17
hearing (the act, the sense or the thing heard):—audience, ear, fame, which ye heard, hearing, preached, report, rumor
to perceive by hearing
In both the Old and the New Testament, we find the words listen, hear, hearing again and again. Our parents often told us to listen, to pay attention, or they asked us, “Did you hear me?” They knew we did not always hear them because we were not listening. Does that ring any bells?!! It does for me, even though I was a pretty obedient kid. I still was a kid.
Then I grew up and went my own ways. God spoke to me often but I did not always listen to Him either. When I disobeyed the Father, I often fell and then could not always get out of the rabbit holes I found myself in.
Prophets, throughout the Bible, spoke God’s Word, calling on His people to listen, to hear, to obey:
You shall say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. Jeremiah 19:3
God gives us His Word to direct our paths:
Your Word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6
And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3
Jesus calls us to listen, to hear, to obey:
“Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” Matthew 13:7-9
The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. Matthew 13:41-43
I have ears. I am to hear. I am to pay attention. I am to be faithful in my obedience to the One Who calls me to Him. His Word is where the Truth is…and only there. The Word is Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
I read this and wonder how and why I can possibly NOT listen, NOT hear, NOT obey. He is the Word and the Word is All.
Look at these precious gifts afforded to us:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Mark 4:23-25
In Him you also, when you heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:22-25
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Oh, I praise You, LORD, for the love that You have for us, Your creations who do not deserve such love, yet are given it because of Who You are. In Your bounty, we receive the gift of Your Holy Word filled with Your Truth. Your Holy Son, in His death, gives us the opportunity to come to the foot of the Cross to receive forgiveness and salvation. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us to teach us and pray as our mediator when we know not how to pray. You, my Father, are the Giver of all gifts to Your children. I am so grateful to be one of those blessed to be under Your wing. I want to have ears to hear and know the Truth. May I be obediently listening and willing to follow Your ways. May I walk closely to You, my Abba Father. Forgive me when my ears are closed or I am “too busy” with worldly things that I miss the message that is right before me. Forgive me when I am disobedient to You even when I hear Your words. Father, teach me Your ways that I may walk in faithfulness. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
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