December 27, 2019
Listen with receptive hearts
O that today you would listen to his voice! Do not harden your hearts. Psalm 95:7-8
Good morning friends,
Happy Friday…. I trust your holidays have been treating you well thus far. Have you heard anything from Jesus during this season of Advent? What did he say? Do you recognize his voice when he speaks? Are you receptive to his word? Lots of questions for you today. I trust that as you reflect on today’s word, you will be challenged, encouraged and motivated.
I would like to share the following with you from today’s text:
1. Jesus’ voice is not only calling you, but, commanding you, inviting you and encouraging you. Most of the time we associate the “call of God” with repentance.. it isn’t always that.. God calls us to repentance yes, but he also calls us to do his will, to be more involved in church activities, to be brave and full of courage and to be the light in this dark world. We are called not only to listen, but to obey
2. The word “today” in the passage means “the present time;” it means NOW. Albert Barnes puts it this way : The purpose to obey should not be deferred until tomorrow. It should not be put off to the future. The commands of God should be obeyed at once; the purpose should be executed immediately. All God‘s commands relate to the present. He gives us none for the future; and a true purpose to obey God exists only where there is a willingness to obey “now,” “today;”.
3. The only way to know and do his will is if you are receptive to his voice, and act on his commands. It is the same as being obedient; doing what he calls us to do. Not making excuses as to why we can’t, instead of finding means by which to accomplish what he commands. I pray we will be so receptive to his voice, that we act without question.
Untill next week friends, know his (God’s) voice, listen to him speak, act on that which he asks of you. *Harden not your hearts, listen and hasten to obey*