I never knew one could purchase ear muffs for dogs! This one does not seem bothered wearing them. But I imagine getting him to obey one’s commands would be next to impossible! Of course, teenagers wearing ear plugs can provoke all kinds of frustration for the parent. But I am a firm believer in wearing earplugs on the plane to block out unwanted noise for sleeping. It is great way to avoid listening to a loud conversation.
Our verse today talks about listening as well. It is a phrase used only by Jesus and He said it eight times in the Gospels to get His listeners’ attention. He knows that we all suffer from “selective hearing.” There is a story about a bird’s song going totally unnoticed on a crowded city street. But the softer sound of some coins dropping on the pavement caused everyone to turn their heads. So it is with selective hearing.
There are a multitude of sounds all clamoring for our attention during the day. Some of these sounds are inevitable, but many of them we can disregard. But there is a still small voice that, like Elijah, we need to discern. The question I need to ask myself is, “Do I really want to hear what He is saying.?”
As a teenager I remember times I tried to avoid punishment from my parents by responding with, “But I did not hear you!” I think I have that attitude sometimes about what God’s Word tells me to do. I do not want to hear Him ask what is uncomfortable or difficult. But then I would not hear His whispers of love either.
Lord, I really want to hear You. Please speak to me today.