Today in our Ladies’ Class, we discussed the difference between hearing and listening. We’ve all heard the phrase – “You can’t believe everything that you hear!” And any parent can tell you that children “hear” much more than they “listen.” And often, children don’t start listening until they hear their full names called – then, they realize that you mean business.
Have you ever thought about how God designed us so that we have two ears and just one mouth. Our mouth is created to shut, but our ears never do. The first step in becoming a Christian is to hear. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Luke 11:28 says, “Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.” Hearing – which is pleasing unto God involves obedience. It requires listening.
Do you remember Sargent Carter on the ole’ “Gomer Pyle: USMC” show when he’d say, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!” Most of the time, it was because the men were too afraid to talk. I wonder if God ever thinks “I can’t hear you!” Could it be because we’re not taking the time and advantage of prayer? In order for a conversation to take place, someone talks and someone listens. We talk to God in prayer. We hear by listening to His Word. Our conversations with God don’t need to be “one-sided.” May we always take heed to what He says, and listen with our minds and hearts, willing to obey. God Bless, Courtney