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SELECTIVE LISTENING

 Jeremiah 37:2 “But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.”

WRONG FREQUENCY

Have you ever been traveling and start to lose the radio station you have been listening to?  You know what I mean.  The static starts and then you can’t hear it all.  You may even play with the radio to try to find the station again, but it’s gone.

The problem with Zedekiah was he didn’t want to listen to God.  He had sent Jeremiah to warn them of the impending judgment, but they refused to listen. All they wanted to hear was their “music,” not God’s.  They preferred words that agreed with them, not ones that challenged them.

TEACHING MOMENT

I know you have had this problem with your children.  You call for them or try to talk to them, but they are engrossed in their own little world. It may be a video game or tv program. They have “tuned out” everything except what they are focused on at the moment.  The house could be on fire, and they would not know it.

While this is aggravating, it is not the end of the world.  However, we teach our children to listen to us so they will learn to listen to the other authorities in their life, especially God.  They can’t go through life ignoring the voice of God and expect to live with Him one day.  We must talk to them about the Lord’s voice through His Word and the Holy Spirit.  We need to share with them when God speaks to us and how we know it is Him.  That is how they will learn to recognize His voice.

How about you?  Are you responding to His voice or are you tuning Him out?  Maybe you have gotten so far away from Him in your lifestyle that all you hear is static.  Prayer removes the interference, and His Word will tune you back in to Him. Do it today.

Father, when I begin to lose Your voice, draw me closer.  I want to be able to hear Your whispers, not just Your voice.  I want to be so close I can feel Your breath on my face as You call my name.

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