It is said that one can hear a wooshing sound resembling the sound of ocean waves when placing a conch shell to the ear. The sound is thought to be one’s own blood rushing in the brain with every heartbeat. Or some believe that ocean sound is just the surrounding sound resonating within the shell. In either case, the shell would have to be vacant before I would let it anywhere near me! This conch shell was empty but now has a crab taking up residence!
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. 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 listening intently I hear reminders 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 or 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 His Word is the best way to avoid my own folly. And I need the peace and calm He offers.
Lord, keep me listening to You today.