God’s Word reminds us of the virtue of listening. In today’s busy and fast-paced world, Satan has many ways to distract both unbeliever and believer from hearing God’s precious Word. When our ears are so in tune with the things of this busy world, it becomes easy to close our ears to the Word of God. The Bible speaks of this virtue of listening when it says, “Wherefore, my beloved, brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 2:19).
In 1 Samuel 3, the young boy Samuel received a very important call from God. God called out to Samuel three times, yet Samuel was unable to discern the call until the third time. Samuel was a bit perplexed when God spoke to him the first two times. However, after the third time, Eli perceived that God was calling Samuel. Therefore, the third time that God called out “Samuel, Samuel”, Samuel answered with “Speak; for thy servant heareth.” Samuel was eager to hear God’s voice. Samuel was “swift to hear” when God spoke him.
In Psalm 17, the Psalmist cried out to God to “attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer” (v. 1). The Psalmist came to God in confident prayer realizing that God would hear his plea. He said, “I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech” (v. 6). In this instance, we see the Psalmist doing the calling and God doing the listening. It is encouraging to realize that, although we often struggle with listening, God does not. God is eager to hear the prayers of His children.
As Christians, we must learn the virtue of listening. As we strive to emulate the example of our Master who faithfully hears us when we call, we ought to be quick to hear when God calls back to us. God speaks to every believer through His Word. As we spend time in God’s Word and listen to both the reading, teaching, and preaching of God’s Word, we will grow in tune with what God is trying to tell us. When we learn to filter out the senseless noise that the world attempts to pump into our ears, our ears will become unstopped and open to the God’s Word.
We expect God to always listen to us when we come before Him but how often do we hold ourselves to a much lower standard and not listen to God as He has spoken in His Word?
God has spoken and God will listen. Will you listen to God’s spoken Word? Are your ears tuned in to God frequency? Are you like Samuel who quickly replied, “Speak; for they servant heareth”? Are you “swift to hear”?
We must learn the virtue of listening to God as He has revealed Himself and His Truth through His Word.