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Posted on Tue, Sep 03, 2019

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:6) 

book-2073023_1920Maybe someone has reminded you that “You have two ears and one mouth, so that you listen more than you speak." Many of us probably need that reminder because sometimes we speak without listening or we listen selectively, hearing only what we like or want to hear.

So how well do you listen to God?  Very likely we all have to admit that there have been more times than we’d like to admit where we’ve turned a deaf ear to God or muted him because we’re  more concerned about something else or don’t like what we hear from God in his Word or through his messengers.

Consider this – We are more than willing to welcome God as he richly pours his blessings into our lives day in and day out, so why are we so often so unwilling or too busy or distracted to welcome what God has to say to us in his Word?

In his Word, the Bible, God desires to speak to us his love, his guidance, his concern, his warning and so much more.  In our world where relative truth seeks to mute what people don’t want to hear or ignore what they don’t like, there is a real danger that people adopt the same attitude toward God as perhaps his Word points out their sin or doesn’t agree with their point of view.

What God said through John to his people hundreds of year ago still is relative and applicable for us today – “Listen!” John’s words were addressed to the Christian congregation in the ancient city of Sardis.  Many of those “Christians” acted like they were listening to God and his Word, but John told them “you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead." 

Still today there are so many “voices” which cry out for our attention and also ask us to listen.  As God’s children we should filter every one of those voices through the filter of what God has to say to us.  That doesn’t mean that we don’t listen to what others have to say to us when they ask us to listen, but no other, yes – no other voice takes precedent over what God has to say to us.  There is no denying that is a real struggle in our world.

As we make the effort and take the time to listen to God in his Word, that will help us and strengthen us to listen to him and do what he says to us in every aspect of our lives.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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