Monday, March 9, 2015

Jeremiah 6:9-15 (ESV)
9 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“They shall glean thoroughly as a vine
the remnant of Israel;
like a grape gatherer pass your hand again
over its branches.”
10 To whom shall I speak and give warning,
that they may hear?
Behold, their ears are uncircumcised,
they cannot listen;
behold, the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn;
they take no pleasure in it.
11 Therefore I am full of the wrath of the Lord;
I am weary of holding it in.
“Pour it out upon the children in the street,
and upon the gatherings of young men, also;
both husband and wife shall be taken,
the elderly and the very aged.
12 Their houses shall be turned over to others,
their fields and wives together,
for I will stretch out my hand
against the inhabitants of the land,”
declares the Lord.
13 “For from the least to the greatest of them,
everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
and from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
14 They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
when there is no peace.
15 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No, they were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,”
says the Lord.

We’ve been talking about listening to God (see last Monday); a holy Lent can help you to hear the word of God. Do you want to hear him?

Certainly, many don’t. Many think he doesn’t exist, so there’s nothing to hear. Others don’t think of God much, if at all, because they are so busy leading their lives—they don’t have time for God. And still others believe they have better gods to listen to.

But let’s not dwell on them; let’s just focus on ourselves. If you are reading this, you are likely a Christian. This means you have the Holy Spirit; that is, God is with you, beside you, right now. All you need to do to listen to God is turn away from what you’re doing or thinking, and turn your heart to God.

It’s not so easy, turning away from all the stuff of our lives. God knows that; and he’s very patient. Prayer, of course, is necessary here. In prayer, we turn our hearts to God. Problem is, we tend to do all the talking because we go through all our stuff.

God knows that, too. And, he wants to hear from us. But if you want to hear from him, then just pray this: “Speak Lord, for your servant hears.” Then try real hard to just be still.

This is the hardest part, being still. Now, we have to develop some patience with ourselves. But this will work—if you really want to hear from God, just ask him to speak, and then be still.

One other thing: God only shouts at us through our circumstances. If things have been a little crazy for you lately, maybe God has something he wants to say to you, in private.

Speak Lord, for your servant hears.