Saturday, August 17

Incline your ear

Scripture: Jeremiah 23, 25, John 19

Jeremiah 25:3–4 “From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these twenty-three years the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened. 4 And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear.”

Observation

Jeremiah tells Judah that for 23 years he has spoken the word of the Lord to them again and again, but they have not listened.  But it wasn’t just Jeremiah—the Lord had sent all His prophets to speak again and again, and they had not listened, nor inclined their ear to hear—a posture of intense focus and interest and attentiveness, leaning in to listen and hear every word.  

This is one of the most often repeated concerns God expressed in the OT: God speaks again and again and they didn’t listen.  They weren’t paying attention.

Application

I want to be a listener!  I want to listen to God, hear His voice, and do what He says.  

As I was praying about it this morning, this phrase “you have not inclined your ear to hear” spoke to me.  If I want to hear God—and I do—I need to listen actively, attentively.  I need to “incline my ear”—seek Him, lean in and be attentive.  In other words, I may not hear by accident—I may not “overhear” God speaking while I’m not paying attention.  I’m more likely to hear if I’m actively listening, if I’m “inclining my ear.”  (Picture someone in a noisy room leaning in close to listen to someone they care for—not wanting to miss a word.)

This is my challenge for the day: lean in!  Incline your ear!  Be attentive!  

Prayer: Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.  Help me to be a good listener, to incline my ear.