While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5
Millions of voices are speaking every day throughout the entire world. Technology allows people to speak from any part of the world to any other part of the world instantly.
All of these voices are saying different things. Some will distinctly contradict others, while some will be similar in what they are saying. Challenges arise as to who one is supposed to listen to and which ones are telling the truth.
While three of the disciples and Jesus were on a mountaintop, the voice of God spoke from a cloud to them They were told that God was pleased with Jesus, His Son, and that they were to listen to Him.
It is easy to hear someone speak, but it is an entirely different thing to actually listen and put into practice what another person is saying.
Every week people go to church services all over the world and hear words of what Jesus had said. While they heard what He said, very few actually choose to obey what He said. They do not actually listen to Him, but only physically hear Him.
Since Jesus and God are examples of perfect love, they only want what is best for every believer. They are both eternal and know what is best because they can see the eternally big picture of every thing in the believer’s life and this world.
Jesus only speaks the truth and what the Father wants Him to say. If He is speaking what God is saying, it is best for the believer to listen and obey it, not just hear it.
Every day you will hear thousands of voices speaking to you through many different types of media and in person. You have to make a choice as to who you will listen to.
While people may have some fair advice to give you, God has perfect advice for you through His Holy Spirit and His word. Focus on what God is saying. Listen and then obey His every word to you.
God will never lead you astray nor deceive you in any way. His perfect love will only lead you on the perfect path for your life.
Who are you listening to today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will know what God is saying to you; that you will obey God’s every word to you; and that God will be able to say that He is well pleased with you.
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:” Matthew 11:4
Everyday people are asking questions about what is going on in other places. They are asking questions about people and situations to know and understand better.
No one can be in every place all the time, other than God. So people need to hear from others about what is occurring. This can occur when people who see and hear what is happening are willing to talk about it and pass on the information with no bias or changing of what they heard and saw.
John the Baptist’s sent his disciples to find out if Jesus was the one they were expecting to come or not. Jesus told them to go back and report what they had heard and seen.
God is always working, doing things in the lives and around the lives of every person on the earth. Not everyone can or is willing to see or hear what God is doing.
Yet, there are people who are questioning whether God is real or not. They hear some information about Jesus, but are also hearing information about the Islamic god, Buddhist gods, Hindu gods and more. Some realize there appears to be conflict of truth and want to know what is real.
The eyes and hearts of believers have been opened to know that Jesus is real. They have seen and heard things to make God real to them.
When this has occurred in their lives, it gives them a prime opportunity to talk about what they have heard and seen. During those times when a person is questioning who God or Jesus is, the believer can talk about what he has heard and seen personally.
Once people hear about Jesus, they can make their own choice as to whether to follow Him or not.
You have seen and heard God do things in your life and around your life. Instead of keeping that information to yourself, be willing to share it with others.
This is being the witness that Jesus commanded every believer to be.
There are people in this world that need to hear what you have heard and seen to be able to make the choice to believe in and follow Jesus. Do not be the one that is silent and does not allow them that opportunity, but report what you have heard and seen.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others what you have heard and seen of God; that you will be the witness God wants you to be; that God will draw others to Jesus through your testimony; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.