July 14th 2010

Loving Ears

“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”
Luke 8:18 (NLT)

“His thoughts were slow,
His words were few,
And never formed to glisten,
But he was a joy to all his friends,
You should have heard him listen!”
(Source unknown)

Proverbs 1:33 (NLT) tells us, “All who listen to me will live in peace untroubled by fear of harm.” We know that God’s ears are open to cries for help (Psalm 34:15 NLT). Psalm 10:17 (KJV) also says, “Lord you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their heart, you will cause your ear to hear.”

Henry Nouwen said, “Prayer is first of all listening to God. It’s openness, God is always speaking; he is always doing something…..prayer in its most basic sense is just entering into an attitude of saying, ‘Lord what are you saying to me?’”

There is a need for deeper listening in order to understand and grow spiritually. In the New Testament Jesus said, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:9 KJV). It is recorded eight times in the Gospels that Jesus said this, so it must be very important (Matthew 11:15; 13:9; 13:43; Mark 4:9, 23; Mark 7:16; Luke 8:8; 14:35).

Proverbs 12:15 NLT, “…..the wise listen to others.” What others? A. W. Tozer said, “Listen to the person who listens to God.” James 1:19 tells us, “Be quick to listen.” But it must be to the right person. Eve listened to the Devil, and look where it got her! Four times in Isaiah 51 God says, “Listen to me.”  (Verses 1, 4, 7 and 21 NLT), and in Mark 9:7 (KJV) he says, “This is my beloved Son:  hear him.”

Jesus said in John 10:27 (NLT), “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Luke 8:21 tells us Jesus’ true family are those who listen and obey.

Are we listening? “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says…” (James 1:22 NLT).

Prayer
Father, I want to have loving ears that are quick and careful to listen to your Word.  Please help me to listen to you every day and not just when I am in trouble.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman 

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