“We will listen and obey.” This was the Israelites response to all You said on the mountain when they heard Your voice telling them how they should live.
Many things in the world keep me from hearing You. Especially now, the world is a loud, noisy place, with so many voices that distract or actively deceive.
Those voices fill my mind with stress, fear, anger. They are confusing, contradictory and portray hopelessness. They tell me what I need and how I should live to be “accepted” and “successful” by the world’s standards.
They tempt me into materialism, humanism, and all kinds of ungodly ideologies.
So to “listen and obey” I must listen to You specifically and intentionally. And live a lifestyle that purposely shows others what I believe.
Please remind me when I speak, act, or make a decision, that everything I do will either draw me closer to You, or move me away from You and Your will. So let me listen carefully, and examine my thoughts, words, actions, and attitudes, to ensure that they are honorable.
When I am not speaking, my faith should still be obvious to others by my dress, my countenance, my attitudes, how I treat people. When people come to my home, they should see more than just the symbols of the world’s values. They should sense Your peace.
In my emails, tweets, posts and any other presentation to the world, I must be mindful that I represent You. As a Christ-follower, my presence in others’ lives shows whether I truly listen and obey, or whether I am a Christian in name only.
When I feel overwhelmed by the world and all its noise, remind me to make time to hear from You.
I will listen. And I will obey. Amen