They Really Listened
27 September 2017
Reading: Haggai 1-2; Psalm 129; Luke 10
Then the governor, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak, and all the people with them listened, really listened, to the voice of their God. When God sent the prophet Haggai to them, they paid attention to him. In listening to Haggai, they honored God. (Haggai 1:12 MSG)
How many times in the Bible did people “listen, really listen” to the voice of their God through the prophet he sent? The pagan Assyrians of Nineveh really listened to the voice of God through Jonah. The people of Judah under Jehosaphat’s leadership really listened to Jahaziel and sent the singers out on the battlefield praising and thanking God. In paying attention and really listening to God’s prophet Haggai, the people were paying attention and really listening to and truly honoring God.
Then Haggai, God’s messenger, preached God’s Message to the people: “I am with you!” God’s Word. (Haggai 1:13 MSG)
So here’s me. I read the Bible every day and journal on what I read. I hear (or preach) a sermon or two every week. Many of my conversations during the week are about what we’ve read in our daily devotional Bible reading or about what “God has shown someone.” I have a list of scriptures in my Bible that I read every day, scriptures that God has quickened to me through the years – his promises, his challenges, his specific words to me, about me, and about my life. Jean and I have a folder filled with “words” given to us by wise, godly, Spirit-filled friends through the years – words about God’s call and commission, words about God’s commitment to us, words about God’s care and provision for us.
This morning I’m asking myself, “Do I listen, really listen to the voice of my God?” According to Jesus, I am not really listening unless I’m putting into practice what God is saying to me. I determine to honor God by listening, really listening!
Father, I’m sorry for how often I don’t really listen to your voice – don’t listen with a sense of the seriousness of what you are saying to me. I resolve to listen better, to really listen, to your instruction, encouragement, correction, and wisdom as you faithfully communicate with me. I commit to listen, to hear, and to respond in obedient faith. Thanks for your patience and your persistence! Amen.