Words from the Heart for Saturday March 21st, 2020
He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.
John 8:47 (NKJV)
According to statistics, there are more than one million adults across Canada reported to have a hearing disability. Hearing loss is unequivocally the fastest growing chronic condition Canadians currently face, and some may qualify for Canada’s disability tax credit. Deafness has many causes, but the most common reasons are presbycusis (age related hearing loss), and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Being overexposed to high-decibel noise is the most common reason for hearing loss. High noise levels damage delicate structures inside the ear causing them to malfunction and eventually cease to function at all.
The Bible chronicles the story of human beings from the moment of the creation of our first parents to the conclusion of the redemption story. It is the story of people and nations, of relationships and worship. And in the midst of the myriad of gods there is the One true God who stands far above the others. What is it that separated the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? He is the God who speaks. He is intimately concerned about the world that He has created and He speaks into the lives of people. Listen to what Jesus says in John 8:47: “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” God has spoken in so many ways in the past. But it’s up to us whether or not we listen. A true follower of Jesus listens to hear God speaking. According to what Jesus says here, that is the mark of a true disciple. What have you heard God speak into your life recently? What has that meant to how you are going to live today?
These have been words from the heart.