Isaiah 28:23 Listen, Pay Attention

Focused listening

Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. Isaiah 28:23 

Everyday there is lots of talking going on by people everywhere one is. There is talking in person, on television, the radio, and the internet. In all of the talking there is lots of information being given out as to what a person should or should not do and how they should or should not be.

Many people think that they are an expert in some area of life and can guide others as to how to live their lives. The information being given in often conflicting. One says to do it this way, while another says to do it another way.

How is a person supposed to know what to do? Who should he listen to?

Isaiah quotes God telling the people to listen to Him and hear what He has to say. They are supposed to pay attention to His voice.

While many people may have some good guidance, often it is flawed because they really don’t know the entire picture. Man in his best abilities to guide is falling short, because he is temporary and cannot see and know everything.

God, however, is eternal and is everywhere and knows everything. He can make the best choices for every person, every time. He is willing to tell people what to do and how to do it. All a person must do is listen and pay attention to what He has to say.

In order to really listen to God, one must tune out what the world is saying. He must take his focus off of the temporary and focus on the eternal. The busyness and cares of this world can block a person from hearing from Gods, yet, God still speaks and is willing to guide each person.

Take a moment to hear what God is telling you. He may speak to you through His word, the bible. Or He may speak to you through someone else. He may also speak directly to you by His Holy Spirit.

Regardless of how He speaks to you, you must be willing to listen. You must focus on what He has to say, and then follow it. Don’t just hear His word, but do it, really hear what He is saying.

Instead of listening to this dying world, listen to God’s life-giving word for your life and for this world.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey what God is saying; that you will turn from this world towards God; and that you will put aside the cares of this world to hear from God first. 

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