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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
"Are You Listening?"
“And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.” –Ezekiel 40:4
“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;” –Proverbs 2:2
Not so long ago, all we had at home to get news and information was the radio. For news and current events, we would listen to 850 KOA out of Denver. When we wanted a more soothing, relaxing mood in the house, we would dial in 95.1 KRDO. Dad had a stereo system wired up throughout the house, and the tuner had a big dial that we had to turn in order to get the desired station. Sometimes, the red line looked as if it was right on the numbers of the station we wanted, but static or interference would be all that was coming through. Oftentimes, that interference was another station bleeding over on that frequency. It was very frustrating trying to turn that dial ever so slightly to get it just right, yet have another station talking right over the song we wanted to hear.
Good listening is like tuning in a radio station. For good results, you can listen to only one station at a time. Trying to listen to my wife while looking over a Sunday message is like trying to receive two radio stations at the same time. I end up with distortion and frustration. Listening requires a choice of where I place my attention. To tune into my wife and girls, I must first choose to put away all that will divide my attention. That might mean laying down the cell phone, moving away from the dishes in the sink, putting down the book I'm reading, or setting aside my projects. You can't be surfing social media posts while being a good listener to the people you are with.
We often miss the things that God is trying to say to us as well because we are tuning our ear on other things. We give God divided attention when He is trying to speak into our lives. You can't hear the Lord if you don't read His Word, or pay attention in church, or listen to the Holy Spirit's still, small voice in your heart. I believe we are the most distracted generation! We are hearing so much without hearing anything! We need ears to hear!