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Monday, April 7, 2014
Daily Devotional - Are You Listening to Him?
We have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. —Hebrews 5:11
Have you ever met someone who asks questions, but never bothers to listen to the answers or perhaps answers their own questions? It is hard to talk to someone like that, someone who doesn’t listen. I am confident that God does not bother to try to speak to people with that kind of an attitude. If we won’t listen to Him, He will find someone who is eager to hear what He has to say.
Hebrews 5:11 warns us that we will miss learning rich life principles if we don’t have a listening attitude. A listening attitude will keep our hearing from becoming dull. A person who has a listening attitude is not one who wants to hear from God only when he or she is in trouble or needs God’s help, but one who wants to hear what He has to say about every aspect of life.
When we expect a human being to say something, we pay attention to that person; our ears are ready to hear his or her voice. The same is true in our relationship with God; we should live every day fully expecting to hear from God and listening for His voice.
Jesus said that people have ears to hear, but they hear not, and that they have eyes to see, but they see not (see Matthew 13:9–16). He was not talking about physical hearing and sight capacities, but about spiritual ears and eyes, which we receive when we are born into the Kingdom of God. Our spiritual ears are the ears we use to hear God’s voice. We are equipped to hear from God, but we must believe that we can hear from Him. All of God’s promises become a reality in our lives through faith, so start believing today that you can and do hear from God.
God’s word for you today: Use your spiritual ears.