March 28 Careful Hearing

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22;  Luke 8:4-21;  Psalm 69:19-36;  Proverbs 12:2-3

“This is the meaning of the parable:  The seed is the word of God.  Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.  Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root.   They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.  The seed that fell among the thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.  But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

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“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed.  Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.  For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.  Therefore consider carefully how you listen.  Whoever has will be given more;  whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”

Luke8:11-18

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I am not a very good listener.  When someone gives me directions verbally my mind goes blank and the disconnect continues as I turn down the wrong streets and become even more lost.  I do much better when I can read directions for myself and refer to them as needed.

What is Luke trying to tell us about listening to God’s word?  What kind of Word listener are you?  I need all the help I can get from the Holy Spirit to hear God’s word and put it into action on a daily basis.  I pray that I may have a noble and good heart into which the Word of God grows and bears fruit.

Lord God, bless the hearing of your Word during times of worship this weekend.  May we hear, learn and inwardly digest your Truth as we are fed with the Bread of Life.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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