Jeremiah 40:1 “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon.”
Men practice it on their wives. Wives on their husbands. Children with their parents. And, far more importantly, we practice this type of hearing when we listen to a sermon or read the Word of God.
We hear what we want to hear.
Many people will file into churches this morning to hear the preacher speak. Many will walk away with absolutely nothing from God; their hearing stopped by some stronghold in their life. Others will have a version of the truth that they will use to distance themselves further from God because they were offended by what they heard.
But then those will have prayed before they arrived for the Lord to use their preacher to speak to their hearts about what it is they need for the day, for this week, for their life. These are the ones who pray for their preacher to get from God the truths required for the church; to be fed from God’s hand and in turn, feed the flock of God.
I cannot trust my heart for anything.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
It is God alone who knows precisely what I need. You and I must have faith enough to trust that what we receive from our pulpits in our churches is from the mouth of God to our ears.
Jeremiah 17:10 “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
I can say that with certainty for I have prayed for my pastor to receive from God that which I need. I prayed, believing that He would.
If I had not prayed, both for me and my pastor, to receive from God that which He desires for us to have, I would not have that type of confidence.
I will go this morning with a sense of expectancy and anxiousness. My hearing will be engaged from the start as God uses the prayers, the songs, the preaching, and yes, even the announcements to speak to my heart.
You and I can have selective hearing that is good for us as well. When we are tuned into the Holy Spirit’s voice, we can tune out the world’s noise.
I won’t be so ready to turn the television on and listen to all they have to say or sit mildly amused when my eyes and my mind are being assaulted with words and images the God never intended us to see or hear.
Selective means that you and I have a choice.
Choose God’s way today. He set us the man of God in your church to preach and godly men and women to teach biblical truths to us. The seed will be sown. It is up to us as to which type of ground that seed will fall.
Pray with this in mind – ask God to give you something that you can tell others and brag on Him. Pray to receive something that you can testify to your coworkers, your family, or your spouse of the goodness of God. I cannot believe the God of Heaven would be silent to a prayer from His child to receive from Him so that He could get the credit.
Pray. Receive, and testify.
Happy Lord’s Day!