O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. – Psalm 78:1-4
“Are you listening to me?” This is a common question asked by a mother trying to make sure her instructions are actually penetrating the brain of her videogame-playing son. This question may also be asked by a young wife who just finished telling her husband about her day while he was watching the big game. Even though that son or husband hear words – even give a nod here or there – the words just did not sink in.
It often happens to us, doesn’t it? Just because we hear something does not mean we are actually listening or understanding what it means. Sometimes sounds just fade into the background because we are focused on something else, or we have just decided that they are not important.
What could be more important than God’s Word? It contains a message we certainly want to hear. When we hear it (or read it) we want to make sure that we listen – that the message actually registers in our minds and hearts.
The devil doesn’t want you to hear God’s Word. When you do hear it, he creates all sorts of distractions to try and make sure that the message does not sink in. He loves to draw your focus to what is happening right now in your life and whisper in your ear, “This message is ancient. It does not have anything to do with your life in 2013. You have more important and pressing things to occupy your mind.”
The message of the Bible is “from of old” and it is a consistent message from beginning to end. Within its pages sin is uncovered and its terrifying consequences made plain. God’s amazing love for you and all people is also made crystal clear. He refused to let that sin destroy you forever but instead crushed his own Son with the weight of your sin and its punishment.
Take time to hear God’s Word. Open your ears and welcome that message of love. There is no more wonderful or important message in the world.
Prayer: O God, open my ears that I may hear your Word. Open my heart that I may truly listen and believe it. Amen.