Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!'” Ezekiel 37:4
People like to talk and people like to be heard. However, there is a difference between listening to and being heard. With so much talking going on with so many different people and things, there is often too much noise to really hear what one is saying.
Along with all the noise, people are too busy to stop and really listen and hear what someone else is saying. People pass in a store asking how a person is doing, but rarely stop to hear how the person is really doing. The answer often falls upon deaf ears.
God told Ezekiel to prophesy to some dead bones lying on the ground. Those bones were to hear the word of God, whatever that was.
God is still in the speaking business. He wants to tell the world something and most are too busy to listen. They are dead in their ways of doing things and refusing to take a moment to listen. Their ears are as though they are dead men, hearing nothing.
Being stuck in sinful ways is to be a living dead person. One is dead to what God is saying. This can even occur within the church. Every week millions of people go to church, but never really hear what is being said. They do not act upon what God’s word tells them to do, not do and what to be like.
Just as with the bones in the valley with Ezekiel, believers need to wake up and hear the word of God. God was telling those bones to come to life, and God is telling people to come to life today. Every believer is to put off all sin and live the life Jesus is giving them.
You can ask yourself how well are you listening to God’s word. By this, are you doing what God’s word says to you? Or are you staying dead and not hearing what He is saying?
Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly. However, for you to enjoy that abundant life, you must accept what God has for you. In other words, you must listen to what God tells you and act upon it. Serve God with your whole life, not just a part. Really live for God and not be dead bones anymore.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will hear God’s word; that you will act upon God’s word; and that obey God’s every word to you.
And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. Jeremiah 25:4
Everyday as a person drives down the road he can see signs that tell him the speed limit and to not drink alcohol and drive. Yet, many refuse to listen to those signs and warnings and will do both.
Many feel that they are exempt from those laws or that they can drive better than anyone else. They drink and drive, then many will cause accidents and even death because they had refused to listen to what was told to them. They chose, rather, to do their own thing.
Jeremiah accuses the people of Israel of refusing to listen to God. They had been sent many warnings by different prophets, yet they would not listen to what was being said.
Every prophet that was sent to the Israelites were sent to people today, along with new servants with the same message. The message has been the same since God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden–follow and obey God.
Just as it was with the Israelites during Jeremiah’s time, people do not listen or pay attention to the message. God is still telling people to not follow false gods, to turn away from all sin, to live a holy life, to believe in and obey Jesus and to be His witness in this world.
Yet, many, even in the church, are not paying attention to what God is saying. The false gods of pride, wealth, fame, self, sex, and greed are being worshipped everyday, both inside and outside the church.
Those who claim to believe in Jesus, must listen to what God is saying. They must turn away from sin and follow Jesus with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. This can only be done when they are listening.
Have you heard what God has said? If you have heard are you listening–obeying God’s word?
At a minimum God has called you to be separate, to turn away from all sin, to obey God’s word, and to be His witness. No matter where you are in this life in your walk with God, there is always room to grow and do better for God. There is always more to listen to and obey.
Do not be like the Israelites and most of the world and not pay attention to God, His word and His servants.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will listen to what God is saying; that you will apply what God is saying to your life; and that you will live your whole life for God.
Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Jeremiah 13:15
Pride runs high in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. They let it rise in their hearts to the point of being arrogant, thinking that they are the best and that no one else can do what they do or be what they are.
In the process of allowing pride to run too high, many begin to look down upon other people. They reject those who are ‘below’ them.
As this occurs, people do not listen to others. Listening to themselves is all that they will do because they know what is best and how to do it.
Jeremiah tells the people to not be arrogant, but to listen to what God is saying. The people of Israel knew that they were the people of God, God’s chosen nation. In thinking this, they felt that they could do no wrong.
There are many believers who have developed the same type of thinking that the Israelites had done. They feel as though they are the best and can do no wrong. Individuals and groups will claim that their way is the only way, that they completely know and understand God.
Often when thinking like this occurs, people are stepping into sin and trying to justify it. They are ignoring what God says. They will take scripture out of context to get it to say what they want to hear.
Every believer is to listen and pay attention to what God is saying. All of God’s word is to be heard, understood and accepted, not just parts of it.
It does not matter what one’s upbringing is, what nation or group he is a part of, refusing to listen to God will bring about judgement. God speaks the same words to every person–to turn from sin and follow Jesus.
As you are going through your life take note if you are allowing yourself to become arrogant in what you believe or think. Realize that it is not about you, but about God and His word.
Listen to what God is saying and act upon His word. In doing this you are obeying God’s word and thus are loving God from your heart. As you love God from your heart it will keep you from being arrogant and allow you to be humble before God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove pride in your life; that you will hear the words of God; that you will pay attention to what God is saying; and that you will obey God’s word to you.
Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7
Birds and animals are amazing creatures that follow God’s ways. They understand when they have to migrate to new areas or how to search for food or water. They do not have to be taught over and over again how to live their lives.
Their ability to do these things is something that God has built into them or He is guiding them in. All creation worships God and the animals are willing to obey God and do what He has required of them.
In this passage God points out that the birds know what to do and when, but His people do not know what He requires of them.
Specifically God is talking about the Israelites in this passage. They were His people whom He had called out of Egypt and made into a nation, yet, they would not follow Him or do what He required of Him. They continually lived in sin and followed false gods.
People today are not much different. There are many in the church who have professed a belief in Jesus, claiming to follow Him and to be a child of God. Yet, they continue to live in various sinful ways, refusing to change.
They appear to not know the ways of God, or are ignoring what God requires of them.
Everyone has faults or short-comings, but there is a difference in living in them and striving to overcome those faults. Many just give in and don’t really try to live as God requires.
Every believer must work at obeying all that God commands. He must get into God’s word and know what God requires of Him and then do it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God wants of you; that God will give you strength to obey Him; and that you will honor God with all of your life.