January 8

In my older age, I have become more and more frustrated with my loss of hearing.  I’m sure that others around me on a regular basis have been frustrated with it at times as well.  I find myself asking the people that I care about to come closer to me so I can hear them, and read their lips.  If the information is not that important, I don’t concern myself with hearing fully.  There are times when I am in a crowded room that I cannot discern what is being said, but I follow the actions of others and try to fake my way through. 

Today I read, “‘Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and His Spirit, hath sent Me.’ Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel …” (Isaiah 48:16).  I love the thought these verses give us!  God invited each of us to come close to Him so that we can hear all the important details of what He has to tell us.  He does not want us to miss anything He has to tell us. 

I mentioned before that sometimes in a crowded room when I cannot hear that I simply follow along what others are doing.  Sometimes the information that is given is about something I do not really have an interest in, or that does not affect me personally, and I don’t give it the attention I should.  When my wife is speaking to me, I want to make sure I hear every word she is saying.  There have been times when we were riding in a car together, and she turned her head toward her window and away from me, and I did not hear what she was saying.  I ask her to repeat what she said looking at me.

Everything that God says is vitally important to me.  I love the way He described His own Word in these verses.  He told us that He is not interested in hiding any important information from us.  He does not say anything in secret, but published His thoughts for us on the pages of our Bibles!  How blessed are we?  God’s words in our hands to read whenever we want!  It doesn’t get any better than that … or does it?  May I lovingly challenge you to not only have a Bible … not only to read the words on the pages of your Bible … but to trust and obey those truths to pattern your life after?

We have started a New Year.  It is a great time to make your goal to read your Bible every day.  It is an even better goal to ask God to help you live by the truths that you are reading every day.  God has important things to say to us.  Come close to Him and listen closely to what He has to say!

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