February 4, 2024

Listening

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.—Revelation 2:7 NASB

Jesus gave John unique messages for seven specific churches. One common message was given to all these churches, specifically, “The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

This message stressed a theme that was consistent throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, the importance of listening. As Jesus often emphasized, “The one who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:9).

The consistent message is that it is possible to read or even hear the Word but not really listen. We often allow the words of the Bible to come in one ear and go out the other.

Jesus emphasized this point often in His ministry because it is foundational to everything about our faith. It means paying attention to what He says and to the truths in the Bible. We should not draw our own conclusions, presume that we understand, or go along with some false interpretations. Instead, we are to listen to, think about, and study His words, and make this a priority.

By repeating this message to each of the seven churches, Jesus was underscoring its importance. It is a message of critical significance to believers today. Remember how easily we can fail to pay attention or stop concentrating. This is a reminder to seek to be good listeners and to spend time listening to the Word of God. Listen carefully to messages delivered by His servants. Be sensitive to His Spirit.

Reflection Question: Journal about what God is saying to you through your Bible reading today.

Prayer
Father, help me be a better listener. Speak to me. Give me greater sensitivity to the truths in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Revelation 2

Prayer
Father, help me be a better listener. Speak to me. Give me greater sensitivity to the truths in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Revelation 2