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"ARE YOU LISTENING?"
by Dalton Key
for the week of January 17, 2021
You may have heard the tale of one wife who welcomed her husband home by gushing, “Dear, a wonderful thing happened this morning. A man knocked on the door and said he was a bill collector, so I gave him that big stack of bills that was on your desk!”
Would you call that a slight misunderstanding?
Life is fraught with mistakes and misunderstandings. All too often as we speak with one another, sincerely attempting to communicate, real understanding never takes place due to a lack of clarity, an impaired perception, or a bit of both.
Sadly, such miscommunication is as frequent as it is frustrating.
While we may easily misunderstand one another, we have no reason to misunderstand God. Unlike us, God has spoken clearly, simply, and precisely through the pages of His Word.
Paul urged the Ephesian brethren to be “not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17.) This same inspired apostle reminded Timothy, “. . . from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures.” (2 Timothy 3:15.)
If Timothy, “from a child,” could understand the Scriptures, surely you and I can come to know what “the will of the Lord is.” Didn’t Jesus promise, “You shall know the truth”? (John 8:32.)
Briefly put, God has spoken (Hebrews 1:1); He has spoken “once for all” (Jude 3, ASV); and He has spoken clearly and in unambiguous language: “Now the Spirit speaks expressly . . .” (1 Timothy 4:1.)
The only question remaining is this: are we listening?