October 2, 2019

Yesterday, Norman told me his new hearing aids have become a real problem. Then he went into great detail explaining how sensitive they are and he’s not able to sleep through my sermons anymore. So to get back to normal, next Sunday he’s going to turn them off.

Then Norman told me that he was getting a remote control for his hearing aids. I told him I wanted to hold it next Sunday during the sermon, that way I would ensure that he heard every word.

I’ll bet there are times when God wishes he had a remote control to my ears to make sure I heard every word.

I am convinced that I miss most of what God says because I’m not listening, consumed with selfish concerns, distracted, or unwilling to hear what I don’t want to hear.

Shannon would say I have selective hearing. She’s right. But selective hearing does not work for those who follow Jesus Christ.

There will be times when we hear and experience God’s affirmation and joy. That’s nice. But there will also be times when we hear and experience God’s admonition when we become arrogant and decide to go our own way instead of staying on God’s path. We do not have the luxury of tuning out what we don’t want to hear.

Solomon said, “Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” (Proverbs 10:17)

If we actively seek to hear God speak, we will find the guidance needed to stay on the right path. This does not mean that we will always like what we hear because there will be times when God tells us we are wrong. That’s because God loves us so much, God will always tell us the truth. All we have to do is listen.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I begin the chaotic rush of another day, let me hear your guidance, affirmation, and direction. Help me to truly hear you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Don’t use selective hearing. Truly listen and you will stay on the right path.

Also, now that I’ve had some time to think about Norman and his hearing aids, I’ve decided as long as he stays awake through the offering, we’re good.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins