Listening to God
Friday, March 12
“For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of
his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!” Psalm 95:7
My wife turns from the television to me, “Are you listening?” My focus
elsewhere, I’m not ready to listen to what she eagerly shares. God is
eager for us to hear all God has to tell us. Often we are not ready to
listen. Too many other voices drown out the voice of God. The loudest
voice of all is our own shouting, “What about me?”
God wants for us what we want for ourselves: love, happiness, joy,
meaning and purpose, adventure and peace. We work so hard to gain all
these things for ourselves. If only we would listen to God! These are not
rewards to be gained by our own striving, but rather, gifts from God,
given and received by grace through faith.
Lord, help us to listen to your voice, for in your words are truth and life!
Rev. John Hosmann, The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd