Tuesday, September 14.
When I taught Core Science to high school students, I recall the disruptive environment of the classroom at certain times. When my facial expression became serious, the students would get quiet. I would thank the students for listening. There is a difference between hearing and listening. Webster defines hearing as “the process, function, or power of perceiving sound…” Webster says to listen is to “hear something with thoughtful attention; to give consideration.
It’s amazing how two people can hear the same sermon about the same portion of Scripture and yet walk away with completely different reactions. One could be deeply affected and the other indifferent to the message. Why does this happen? The main reason is the condition of a person’s heart.
Nehemiah 8 is an amazing scene of God’s people coming together to hear His Word. They had been in captivity for many years and were hungry for His Word. For most of them, this was the first time they heard the Scriptures.
Are you hungry for God’s Word? Do you listen eagerly with an expectant mind and heart? When we genuinely long to know more of the Lord, it’s easier for our mind to focus on what He’s saying. This is the case whether we’re listening to a pastor or teacher, reading our Bible, or following a book study. MY FRIENDS LISTENING IS AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE. GOD WANTS US TO OBEY: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?” (Luke 6:46).
So many things clamor for our focus, but nothing is as important as what the Lord has to say. He is worthy of our undivided attention. Remember, Jesus promised that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness would be satisfied (Matthew 5:6). Rest assured that whoever listens to God’s Word with an open heart and alert mind will receive from Him.
Memory verse; Matthew 5:6
“Obedience is a choice between our limited knowledge and God’s unlimited knowledge and power” (L. Tom Perry).