Listen to God

By John Henson

My father had a piercing whistle. He’d use it to call us home to dinner. Of course, we didn’t want to come home because we were deeply involved in the biting drama of sandlot softball.

My sister and I believed we could safely ignore the whistle when we heard it the first time, but we couldn’t ignore the second one.

Human beings, however, learn to ignore things. It begins when we refuse to heed Dad’s call to dinner. Later, we learn to ignore our parents. Then, with the help of some educators, philosophy and science books, we learn to ignore God.

The inspired ruler wrote, “Listen as wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! She stands on the hilltop and at the crossroads. At the entrance to the city, at the city gates, she cries aloud, ‘I call to you, to all of you! I am raising my voice to all people. How naive you are! Let me give you common sense. O foolish ones, let me give you understanding. Listen to me! For I have excellent things to tell you,’” (Proverbs 8:1-6 NLT).

There is certainly a vivid picture here, isn’t there? We see the wisdom of God’s word shouting at the top of “her” voice, in full public view, calling for people to LISTEN! How foolish and naïve we humans are listening to voices that have no wisdom at all, and how we give credence to ideas that are nothing more than fables.

People listen to the voices saying, “There can be no God.” They listen to the ones who say, “Jesus was a great man, but he wasn’t the son of God.” There are so many wrong voices in the world when all we need is to listen to one, the right one.

Listen to this advice: “Hearken unto my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people; and walk ye in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you,” (Jeremiah 7:26 ASV). Listen to true wisdom. Let the words sink in. Listen to God in the Bible.