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Matthew 17:1-13 (NIV)

Matthew 17:1-13 (The Message)

“Finding God’s voice in the midst of this noisy world is not easy. So many voices clamor for our attention, and so much noise tends to shield us from the voice of the One who, as Evelyn Undersell said, ‘has everything to tell us and nothing to learn from us.’  However, millions of people have learned how to ‘read the signs,’ that is, to observe how God has acted and is acting now, to listen attentively, and to receive knowledge and direction from a source greater than they are.

The foundation for reading the signs is the desire to know God’s will and the confidence that God desires that we know, understand, and obey God’s will.  For some,  such a desire has become a way of life.  That is, there are persons who habitually ask, ‘Lord, what is your will in this matter?  In my life, in my church?'”  –Rueben P. Job from A Guide To Prayer For All Who Walk With God

Finding God’s voice, will, and/or desire has to do with listening; that is listening as we read the Bible, listening in our prayer times, and listening in community and in worship with followers of Jesus at our church.

Here in Matthew the big lesson from God to us (to any disciple of Jesus) is, ““This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5 NIV) “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5 MSG)

Today and always, may we listen to what Jesus has to say and wants to speak into our life.  May we develop a habit of listening and then doing what Jesus wants.

Craig Herr

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