Sometimes it’s better to just smile and nod your head… especially when your hearing starts to fade.
One place you’ll always be a captive audience? In the dentist’s chair.
With my mouth wide open, I couldn’t reply to anything my dentist said. But then, I don’t know if he was asking me questions or just making small talk.
So I just grunted “uh-uh” and hoped he wasn’t talking about my bill.
(It’s hard enough when a person speaks quietly, but he was wearing a mask too, and it muffled the sound!)
To be honest, I’ve never been known for hearing right. (Just ask my brother-in-law who repeatedly asks, “Whose feet stink at 10,000 feet?” It’s something I apparently said a long, long time ago.)
But I’m not sure I want to get a hearing aid. Then people might actually expect me to listen.
I’ve been in many, “Oh, that’s not what I thought you said” situations over my lifetime. But seldom when God was talking.
God is clear when He speaks. Oh, I may not completely understand, in my humanness, what the Lord means. But I hear Him!
Although there are many things that might be disputed in scripture when it comes to the “how to” of God’s words, but the “what”? Seldom. God says what He means.
I mean, how many ways can we interpret these?
“…“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
Love God completely and out of that, love others unselfishly!
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:10).
Ditch the pride; it’s for God to lift us up.
“…Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13b).
We’re responsible to honor/respect/worship God and obey our Maker.
“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Pretty clear, isn’t it? God tells us exactly how to be “saved” … how to become His children.
And when Jesus is Lord—meaning “master”—He will always have the right to tell us what to do.
The problem, most times, is not that we don’t understand what God is saying. The hitch is, we don’t want to do it. We don’t want to obey.
When we get to heaven, we won’t be able to say, “Oh, that’s not what I thought you said.”
God told Isaiah,
“I am the Lord, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right” (Isaiah 45:18b-19).
Yes, the God who desires to be known can give us a heart to know Him and understand what He expects (Jeremiah 24:7).
Are you willing to ask? And when He speaks, are you willing to obey?
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