This beautiful conch shell sits on my desk as a bookend. It is said that one can hear a wooshing sound resembling the sound of ocean waves when placing it to the ear. What is really heard is the ambient noise around you, resonating inside the shell. But I like to think it is the sound of the ocean!
Today’s verse talks about hearing something else, what God has to say. It begins with a statement of intention, “I will.” There are a myriad of sounds out there clamoring to be heard. But listening to the Lord through His Word is worth the effort and discipline. Why? He speaks peace to those that belong to Him. So many times I have come to Him in prayer totally agitated and stressed. He speaks peace. He calms me down and reminds me of His love and control in my circumstances. I get in that troubled state usually because I have not been listening to Him in the first place!
Not only do I hear Him speak peace, but listening to Him keeps me from folly, from doing something foolish. If I am honest with myself, I realize I am quite capable of doing all kinds of foolish things with impeccable rational! Listening to Him daily through what He is telling me in His Word is the best way to avoid my own folly and enjoy the peace and calm He offers. What will you and I hear today? Will we hear Him speak peace in our hearts?