Our True Hope Day 2: Will We Listen to Jesus?
Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-19
We are people who don’t long to hear from God.
How quickly in history did men go from walking with God in the garden (Genesis 3:8), and living in close fellowship with God (Genesis 5:22), to running in fear from God’s voice (Deuteronomy 18:16). This is the destructive result of sin and worldliness in our life. Even when we have experienced closeness with God, sometimes our sin leads us away toward fear and shame causing us to reject the voice of God in our lives.
God opened another channel.
Jesus came not only to save us from our sins but to be the voice of God to us. Why can’t we talk with God face to face anymore? Because God’s presence is in mighty rolls of thunder and lightning and fire (Deuteronomy 9:10) We can no longer handle His glory in our earthly state. Instead, God speaks to us personally through his only Son. Jesus came as our greatest prophet, with compassion in his eyes, and healing in his hands. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)
Let us open our ears to Jesus this Christmas season
In this Christmas season, will you open your ears to hear Jesus’ words to you? Peter asked the same question of the people in Acts 3:22-23, as he quoted this passage in Deuteronomy 18. He told the people that this prophet that Moses spoke about was Jesus, who came, and lived and died for us. Turn to God (Acts 3:19), and open your ears to His voice. We can listen to the same plea that Peter gave in Acts. Let us open our ears to Jesus. He is still speaking today, and he wants to speak and work in our lives this Christmas.
Questions to Consider? Am I really listening to God? What would it look like for me to open my ears to Jesus during this Christmas season?