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Listen to Him

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
Matthew 17:5


“When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe.
Ernest Hemingway, from “Across the River and into the Trees”

Such a simple request, with life-altering implications.

Jesus’ disciples had been given a gift like no other. They were taken to the mountain to experience a conversation like no other, with Moses and Elijah who spoke to Out Lord. The disciples were overcome with awe, when, from the cloud, the voice instructs them, “This is My beloved son. Listen to him.”

Listen.

Abraham listened when the Lord commanded him to make the ultimate sacrifice, the sacrifice of his son Issac in a place at the top of Mount Moriah. God knew Abraham’s faith, and, along with instructing Abraham to not harm him, with the assurance that Abraham’s descendants, including us, will find blessing..because Abraham listened, and obeyed.

And, a connection to listening, and obeying, from Kings 19:
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Such a simple request, but how difficult in execution, and in understanding what is being said.

Consider your listening skills. With all of us awash in social media, we’re being talked at, while conversation and genuine listening is lost in the moment-by-moment battle for attention.

Can this change? Do we want it to, really?

Scrolling takes no effort. Listening does.

The Lord’s message this Lent will be unique to you and me. We want to walk with the Lord, and to talk, in our personal way, with the Lord.

But we must listen: What is it you want me to know, Lord? How will I know what is the right path?

Listen..in your heart, for the words from His beloved Son.

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Michael Throop