Sunday, August 9

Be attentive

Scripture: Jeremiah 5-6, John 12

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

Jeremiah 6:16–17 This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, 

and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’  17 I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ 

But you said, ‘We will not listen.’


One of the themes that runs through the prophets is that God’s people would not listen to Him—or them.  Jeremiah plays that tune here.  Who will listen?  No one.  Their ears are closed; the Lord’s word is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

When God shows them the good way to go, they refused: “We will not walk in it.”  When God sent watchmen to warn them, they said, “We will not listen.”  

Closed ears, closed minds, closed hearts—this was Israel’s sin and downfall.


Are we any better?

Are we listening to God and doing what He says?  Are we attentive or have we tuned Him out?  Are our ears and minds open—or closed?

If our politics are any indication, we’re in trouble.  Very few people are listening or even curious.  We are a nation of people whose minds are made up!  Our minds are like concrete: thoroughly mixed and well set.  We don’t listen to each other to understand; we only listen to argue or refute—and that’s not listening at all.

I wonder if that state of affairs carries over from our politics to our faith?  Are we listening to God?  One of the reasons I try to do this every day (PBJ—time alone with God) is to give Him a chance to speak to me.  But if I check this box and don’t do what He says, have I really listened?  Am I being truly attentive?

This is my challenge: to listen to God today—in His Word, through people and circumstances, the still small voice during the day—and then pay attention and do what He says.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be truly curious and attentive to You—and to those around me.