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From the Pulpit: Are you listening?

September 23, 2012
By THE REV. TOM DERBY - Colliers Way Church of Christ , Weirton Daily Times

Age has a distinct way of humbling us, don't you agree?

One example of this is through our hearing or lack thereof. For some of us, it has been a battle to finally give in and go to the audiologist to be checked.

Before I had mine checked, there was a list of reasons why my hearing was lacking. For example: "Why can't people just speak up and stop mumbling;" or "I am amazed how quiet the tractor trailers are being made today. Their technology has really come a long way." How about this one: "What's up with this prank phone call? People call and I don't hear them say a thing." Well, you get the idea.

With all the noise in our lives, (some even referred to as "white noise") do you think we need moments of solitude? The Psalmist David, in Psalm 46:1 said, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need." Nine verses later he records this "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Take the time to "be still." Look around, enjoy what surrounds you. Listen to the wind blowing or the rain as it hits your roof. "Be still" and listen to the words of people, a child's laughter or simply listen to your spouse or children as they lay sleeping. Read the scriptures and quietly consider what this means in your life.

King David said in Psalm 8:3-4: "When I consider Your heavens, the works of Your fingers, the moon and stars which you have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him..."

The key here is the word consider. Think about what God has done for you. Then ask, what am I doing for God? Consider how much greater life will be when you submit to God's will. Eph. 1:3 tells us, "all spiritual blessings are in Christ." Jesus said in John 10:10, "I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly." I want to be in Christ so I can receive these blessings. Don't you?

Well, back to the hearing issue: I now wear a hearing aid. The radio isn't turned up as high, I can hear people walking and life is good. I can even hear better in worship. Oh, sure there is noise in my life like yours but no matter how loud the world may be, never let it be so loud that you can't hear Jesus knocking at the door and knock..."

Remember, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17.

Answer me this, how good is your hearing?

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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