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. 

1 Samuel 3:6 Hearing God’s Voice

Rabbit listening

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 1 Samuel 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes, he hears voices. People are always talking or they are playing some thing on a radio. There are voices everywhere, saying everything.

Recognizing one voice out of all the voices can be difficult, unless one really knows that voice very well. Moms are often able to pick out their child’s cry or call among a room full of children. Despite all the noise around them, they know their child’s voice.

Samuel had began to hear a voice in the night calling to him. He did not recognize the voice and ran to Eli thinking he called him. Yet, it was not Eli who had called him. The voice was that of God’s voice. God had began to call Samuel to begin working in and through him.

With all the talking going on in this world, people are quick to listen to many of the voices around them. There are times God will begin to call them, but they do not recognize His voice. They believe that other people are being the voice of God and follow that person, rather than God.

Believers have often fallen into the trap of this world, by listening to the voices of this world, rather than listening to God. Some churches are promoting sin and the people agree to it, because they do not recognize the voice of God.

The only way a believer can begin to recognize the voice of God is to listen to Him and pay attention. They need to learn to hear His voice and what He is saying. This begins with tuning out the noise around them and focusing on God.

As a believer, you need to know God’s voice in your life. God is speaking and wants to tell you things. He is a polite God and does not shout, but speaks with a still, calm and quiet voice.

Slow down your life and tune out the world, so you may hear and know His voice. Stay in His word so you may know how God speaks, then listen for Him. God wants to tell you what is on His mind for you. Be willing to hear what He has to say.

I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will listen for God to speak into your life; that you will not fear what God has to say; and that you will not be distracted from hearing God by the noise of this world.