What is the difference between hearing and listening? This month we are asked to define those two words and see the differences between them. Then focusing in on the impact of how well we are listening has on our faith.
To hear is to simply identify a sound- we hear all day long. I love having background noise on as I work. But just hearing the noise doesn’t mean we are actually listening. To listen means you are paying attention. Are you taking in the noise and analyzing it and thinking about it and responding to it?
So after comparing these words, I have to think about how well I am actually listening to God. Am I just reading one verse a day, hearing my pastor talk on Sundays, and basically treating it as background noise? Or am I listening to God? Am I studying the bible daily, analyzing it and thinking about it and responding to it? Do I dwell in His word?
I knew this would be a ‘meaty’ subject and I wanted to record my thoughts in a way that could be hidden. I mean, prompt #3 is pretty personal, and I had a lot to think about and reflect on.
I created a little flap with the journaling prompts and a piece of scrap paper. I chose to put this in my bible in Deuteronomy 5- the Ten Commandments. When I listen to God’s word I should also obey His word. And here it is, clearly laid out. What I should be doing, thinking, and believing. What I should be listening to.
So, are you hearing or listening to God? Are you obeying His word? I know I’m still working on it.
I made a little flap with the journaling prompts from the devotional and a scrap piece of pattern paper.