Selective Hearing

Daily Bible Reading – Micah 1-4; Hebrews 6

Today’s Key Passage – Micah 1:1-7


Micah was a prophet who directed his message to the southern kingdom of Judah.  He lived at the same time as Isaiah, and the two most likely knew each other.  Like the prophets before him and the prophets after him, Micah preached a message of repentance to the people of Judah.  He wanted the people to turn away from their evil ways and turn back to God.  He told them all about God’s anger with their sins, and he warned them of the impending destruction that would befall them because of their refusal to repent.  Sadly, more often than not the words of these prophets were ignored.  By this time, though God sent many messengers, most of the Israelites were no longer listening to them.  They refused to hear the truth about their own sinfulness, and the people’s hearts were so hardened toward God they were unable to really hear God’s warnings about what was coming.  The people were suffering from selective hearing, as they only wanted to focus on the things that supported their sinful way of life.

All of us have a tendency to have selective hearing at times.  We like to hear the things and the people that support our own opinions, but often we are tempted to reject and ignore anything that might cause us to change our thinking or our current way of life.  Selective hearing is dangerous because refusing to listen to others or what God’s Word is trying to tell us can lead us to miss His warnings.  God speaks to all of us in a variety of ways.  Sometimes He speaks to us using the Bible.  Other times he uses a person.  Still other times he speaks to us in a soft voice during our quiet times.  We have to be careful that when He speaks, we are hearing Him clearly, and we have to be careful that we are hearing His entire message.  This cannot happen when we are only listening to the things we want to hear.  Sometimes God challenges us.  He challenges our way of thinking and He challenges our way of living.  When there are things about our lives that God wants us to change, He is going to let us know about them one way or another.  If we choose to only listen selectively, we might miss His voice.  Like the people of Judah and Israel, we might miss His warnings.  Do not miss what God is trying to tell you because of selective hearing.  Listen to the people who think you are wrong.  Read and study the passages of the Bible that you do not think apply to your life or that you find challenging.  When you are careful to avoid selective hearing, you are more likely to hear God speaking to you.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on July 9, 2013, in 33 - Micah and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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