Are We Even Listening?

Scripture: James 1:22

Have you ever been talking to someone and you know they aren’t listening to you?  They are looking past you or concentrating on something in front of themselves.  Frustrating, isn’t it?  The person talking will even say something ridiculous just to see if that person catches it and becomes embarrassed.  How do we listen to God’s Word?  We hear the Word through a variety of sources.  Sermons, lessons, Christian books, radio, television, and websites are all tools for sending God’s message.

Christians are told to listen to God’s Word.  It is a given.  It is a commandment.  If you profess to be a Christian, you are to read God’s Word.   2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God. A workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  KJV  This means that you must read the Word of God constantly and understand it.  A Christian is a student of God’s Word.  We are people of the Book!  Christians are to study the Word of God so that they can hear what He says.  Jesus knew of the problem that people wouldn’t listen to him.  He said numerous times when he was teaching, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” NIV

One of the nice benefits of writing these devotions for Church Devotion.com is that I’ve had to study more and more.  It’s good.  How can you hear what God wants you to do if you don’t read the Bible?  James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” NIV  Notice that James identifies the Christian who “deceives themselves” by listening to the Word and thinking they have done something for the Lord.  They didn’t.  They just listened.  They get a false sense of accomplishment and they get a false sense that they have done what was required.  God wants us to put hands and feet to the scriptures.

Rightly dividing the Word is also a command of God.  We have to listen and then act on what we’ve heard in a correct way.   If you don’t understand what He wants you to do, look at other scriptures.  Talk to other Christians.  Eventually, you will understand and then you can “do what it says.”


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