Sep 30th 2021 · Day 273
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Sometimes my son gets very frustrated with me. He will be trying to tell me something but because I’m on my phone he can tell that my focus is not on his words. Often he’ll catch me out because he’ll purposefully ask me about something he’s just said and I won’t know how to answer him. Why? Because I have been distracted and my gaze has been on something else. I wasn’t paying attention to him and I was therefore not listening to his words properly.
In the passages we’ve just read in Jeremiah, God is very frustrated. Why? God makes that quite clear.
‘Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not’ (Jeremiah 5:21); ‘they cannot listen’ (6:10); ‘I set watchmen over you, saying, “Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!” But they said, “We will not pay attention”’ (6:17); ‘they have not paid attention to my words’ (6:19); ‘when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen’ (7:13); ‘But they did not obey or incline their ear’ (7:24); ‘they did not listen to me or incline their ear’ (7:26); ‘but they will not listen to you’ (7:27).
Do you get the picture?
When God speaks, He wants us to pay attention, listen, and finally, be obedient to what He has said. God’s words should be the most important thing that we incline our ears towards.
Why not spend some time reflecting on your life? How often do you give God your undivided attention? Do you live a life that is so full of distractions that they rob you of listening to Him properly?
Pause and reflect: Think of one thing that you could do or change that would allow you to focus more on God throughout your day.
Having lived in Honduras, Nepal, Belgium and Barbados, Anna has a heart for the nations. She holds degrees in neuroscience from the Universities of St. Andrews (BSc) and Cambridge (Ph.D.) and also completed five years of Postdoctoral research. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Anna enjoys writing and serving alongside her husband who is an elder in their local church. She is the author of “Connected: God’s quiet voice in a world that shouts
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