Ways that I refuse to listen?



THE STORY OF JESUS: Jeremiah 44-46
“We will not listen to the message you have spoken in the name of the Lord!” (Jeremiah 44:16)
We live in very different times than the days of Jeremiah.
Their world sounds very foreign, and frightening to us.
We don’t relate to worshiping idols or offering incense to the ‘Queen of Heaven’.
And God doesn’t speak to us as clearly as He did back then… or does He?
Is there a way where we refuse to listen to God’s message to us today?
I believe that Jesus is the final and greatest message of God to humanity.
What Jesus said and did is the greatest revelation of truth we have received.
In Jesus we see and hear amazing grace and radical love.
Through Jesus He reveals it FOR us, but He also seeks it FROM us.
We are called to love to forgive, to be generous, to deny ourselves, etc.
And yet we find ways around this, excuses for saying this does not apply to us.
We love that Jesus died for us, but do not join Jesus in loving others this way.
Jesus has spoken clearly, the Jesus Way is plain for all to hear and know.
Are we as christians similarly saying, ‘we will not listen to Your message!’
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
PRAYER
Lord, help me to see that You have spoken clearly to me too, and that I am just as guilty of saying “I will not listen’ in some ways too. Forgive me – and help me – where I am being a hypocrite.

One Comment

  1. This is what the Lord God says . . . am I listening? Do I hear His voice? Do I hear Him speaking?
    Open ears so that we hear Him speaking and see Him in the happenings in the creation.. Do this and live – that’s what the Master says. Live and do this – do the Word of the Lord.
    The Lord saves His people. The Lord tells His people how to live for Him.
    Yet all too often we go our own way refusing to hear. And the Lord disciplines His people.
    Do this and Live – follow the Voice saying this is the way to live. Just do His will.

    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    Open the eyes of my heart
    I want to see You
    I want to see You

    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    Open the eyes of my heart
    I want to see You
    I want to see You

    To see You high and lifted up
    Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
    Pour out Your power and love
    As we sing holy, holy, holy

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