DayBreaks for 10/09/12 – Who Ya Gonna Listen To?

DayBreaks for 10/09/12 – Who Ya Gonna Listen To?

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. – Mt. 16:16-17

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” – Mt. 16:22-23

On Sunday, the preacher was talking about Matthew 16:13-26.  One of the advantages about not being the preacher for a change is to be able to listen and think about passages and someone else’s thoughts about them.  And sometimes, as you ponder the text, you get a new insight that you’d not seen before.  That happened to me this past Sunday.

Jesus and his followers are in Caesarea Philippi, a place that was a hotbed for idol worship.  Jesus poses the question to his disciples to find out what people are saying about him (he already knew – but he had a higher purpose, as usual).  The disciples reply, but then Jesus gets to the real point: he wants to know who they think he is…and Peter makes a great confession.  Jesus told Peter that he’d not come to that conclusion by listening to his own mind, but by hearing the voice of God.

Then, just a few verses later, Peter is trying to stop Jesus from going to Jerusalem where he would die.  At first glance, we might be tempted to applaud Peter because of his concern for the Lord’s well being.  Peter, I’m sure, thought he was doing a good thing, a right thing, by trying to forbid the prevent the death of his friend.  But this time Jesus is not thrilled.  He sharply rebukes Peter.  Why?  He wasn’t listening for God in this instance, but was hearing the thought of his own origin.

How quickly, how rapidly!, we can traverse from hearing the voice of God to listening to our own voice again, or the voice of another human!  The mind of man cannot possibly think the thoughts of God on its own.  We cannot hear Him when our minds are full of our own reasoning and thinking.  He ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts like our thoughts (Isa. 55:8).  We should never confuse the two!!!

PRAYER: I fear that I listen more closely to my own thoughts and inner voice rather than listening for Yours, Lord.  Help me to remember where hearing my own thoughts has taken me as a way of reminding me to wait to hear You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

From the DayBreaks Archive: 05/08/02

John 5:28-30 – “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

It’s interesting to look at the situations in which Jesus raised the dead.  Consider Jairus’ daughter.  Consider the widow’s son.  Consider Lazarus.    There is something common in all three of these resurrections miracles.  In all three cases, Jesus speaks to the dead person, and in all three instances, they hear.  In all three cases, not only do they hear, but they immediately obeyed the voice of the Lord.

John 5 tells us that they will not be the only ones in history who hear the voice of the Lord.  In fact, all of us who die before the Lord’s return will hear his voice, and when we do, we will come out of the grave.  There will be some who obey the voice of the Lord because they love Him and it has been the pattern of their life to obey.  Then there will be the rest – those who hear his voice and come forth out of the tomb not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.

I find it interesting that the dead never fail to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, while the same can not be said for the living.  Amazingly, it is not the dead that can’t hear, but those who are still alive.  Why should this be?  Perhaps because while we’re alive, we have a choice.  It doesn’t appear that the dead have a choice.  But I think that there may be another reason, a reason Jesus pointed out to Martha, when he told her, as recorded in Luke 10:41 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…”  Doesn’t that describe what life is like?  There are so many things that yell for our attention, that distract us and which drown out the voice of the Lord.

If you are too busy to hear the voice of the Lord while you are alive, rest assured that some day you will hear it whether you want to or not.    Luke 8:8 – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

PRAYER: Oh, Lord, help us hear your voice today and tomorrow and every day thereafter!  May we come to know your voice as our Good Shepherd, and not only as our Judge!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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