Thursday, September 15, 2022

Daily Devotion: Speak Lord

Bible Reading: Amos 3:1-8 

Key Verse: Verse 1 – “Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,” 

Key Words: Hear this

I often have people say to me, “God never speaks to me.”  Let me assure you that, if you are a believer, God does speak to you.  The problem is not God’s “speaking;” the problem is your “hearing.”

I heard of a naturalist, a scientist that studies nature, who was walking with a friend along a busy street.  Near the street corner, he stopped and asked his friend, “Did you hear that cricket?” 

The friend looked at him in amazement and asked him, “What cricket?” 

The naturalist repeated, “I hear a cricket.  Do you hear it?”

 The friend protested, “There is no way you could hear a cricket in the midst of all the traffic and noise.” 

With that the naturalist walked over to the curbside and spied a rock.  He picked up the rock, and there was the cricket – off it hopped.

The friend was astounded.  “That’s amazing!” he said.  “How in the world did you hear that cricket?” 

The naturalist replied, “I am trained to hear the cricket.  Let me show you something.”  The naturalist reached into his pocket, pulled out a silver dollar, and dropped it on the sidewalk.  As it jingled, a dozen people stopped and looked around.  The naturalist then said, “See, we hear what we are listening for.”

The problem with many believers is that they are not listening to God.   They listen to their boss, television, radio, DVDs, books, teachers, and friends; but they are not listening to God.  Today all of us – dads, moms, and children - need to listen to God!!

What to do:

As you read God’s Word, make it personal and listen.
As you pray, ask God to open your spiritual ears to hear what God’s Word is saying.
Apply what you hear.  Be a doer of the Word, not a hearer only.

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