"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 benefit for ourselves.
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. Notice, also, the difference between listening and hearing. Some listen but do not want to hear some messages. 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 to any speaker who has something to say that pleases 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 forgot the importance of obedience and the requirement to remain faithful,
If we listen carefully, remain faithful, and obey His Word, He will reward us.
Prayer: We pray, Father, for ears that listen for Your voice, hearts that are open to follow Your ways, so that our lives will reflect obedience to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. Psalm 78:1-2