He who has an ear, let him listen. Revelation 2:6, 11 (ESV)
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.Revelation 2:17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22 (ESV)
Do you remember your parents saying, “You are not listening!” I do. It was when I was in trouble and they were trying to talk to me about my misbehaving.
I have noticed that in our world today, we have certain people who seem to think they have a say-so in what we believe in our lives. I have felt they were not listening to wise counsel from God.
One recent evening, I read God’s letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. I also read scriptures that address an issue that faces us. The next morning, my devotional reading for Sunday school was on the word “Listen.” The scripture the author used was Revelation 3:6, He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches, I really got excited. I re-read the letters to the churches.
One point the author, Mr. Hudson, makes is that listening and obedience always go together. My take on this whole exercise is that we have to listen to the LORD and do as He directs us. For me, I need to apply this to my dealings with those around me and with my family as well as those to whom I try to assist in their walk with Jesus.
The name of the devotional book we are studying is Pauses for Pentecost written by Trevor Hudson. It is published by Upper Room Books. The word Listen is the focus for day 39.