"How many more times do I have to tell you before you remember what I'm trying to teach you?" asked Jim's Dad.
"Probably as many times as it takes for me to see what's in it for me," answered Jim.
Most of us have been involved in similar "discussions." Some "lessons" are more difficult to learn than others if we see no immediate benefits.
So it was with the Children of Israel. Psalm 78 begins with a plea from God: "Oh my people, hear my teaching!" Notice that God is pleading with His people to hear Him. There is a difference between listening and hearing. We often listen but do not hear. So God emphasized that fact: "listen to the words of my mouth."
Of course we want to know what He means when He asks us to "listen to the words of my mouth."
Then, as now, many only listen when any speaker has anything to say that has value to them – even God. If we do not believe that the words of the speaker – even God – will benefit us personally and tangibly we will not hear their voice. Sadly, what was true then is true today.
God spoke to the Israelites many times on many different occasions through many different individuals and unexpected miracles. Yet, His message did not penetrate into the depth of their hearts and make a lasting impression in their lives. They seemed to forget the importance of His teachings and paid a price.
If we listen to and obey His Word, He will reward us.
Prayer: We pray, Father, for ears that listen to Your voice and hearts that are open and obedient to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 78:1, 2 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old.