Luke 8:5-8 “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
Listening to the right voice is so important! Weekly, I talk with people who often listen to the wrong voice. It is obvious as their actions define their thought processes. Sometimes the problem is a lack of discipline to hear and heed the right voice. Other times, the problem is simply the lack of “listening”.
Some people do not listen at all…
Verse 5 (form the passage above) speaks of seed that fell on the wayside. This is likened to planting seed in a parking lot or on pavement. People often get a closed mind. I decided to write this on the day of our National Presidential Election, because I am saddened to see how some Christians choose to represent Christ in this country. There seems to be a lack of discernment in our nation, and I think that it is because many fail to “listen” to His voice!
Some reasons people do not listen are listed below. It is meaningless to argue and attempt to help people to change their ways, without looking at the root causes.
Pride – Only by pride comes contention! (Proverbs 13:10.) When a person thinks they do not need help, or they work hard to “fix” what is wrong in their own power, it is a direct result of pride. This will always keep us from turning to a Savior, when we do not think we need one.
Bitterness – When a person gets hurt, they stop having compassion and being kind to others. The reason is they have stopped hearing the cries (even their own) all together.
Lack of understanding – Pastor Kingsbury has been preaching on Proverbs lately. These messages have brought up the subject many times of understanding. If your heart is not “in tune” with God’s, you will not have the discernment that comes only from Him!
Some people listen, but forget…
These are they, who planted in the gravel pit, as in verse six above. I call this group the ones who were quick to hear, but also quick to forget! I planted a garden in my back yard several years ago and there was an area with a lot of rocks. Nothing seemed to grow very well in that area. The reason was that nothing would ever take root. A survey from the United States Air Force shows that people forget 90-95% of what they hear within 72 hours. WOW! However, if you see it with your own eyes, or write it down on paper, the percentage of retention goes way up. (Another good reason to use an “It’s Personal Daily Journal”)
Some people listen, but do not think it is important…
This is the group of seed that fell among thorns. (Verse seven above.) Seeds were planted, but weeds became the priority. Often the weeds take over in our lives. Let me give you a few weeds to look out for:
Worry – This word worry in the Bible means to be pulled in a different direction. When you get preoccupied and distracted by worry, you are being pulled to and fro.
Money – I have met many people who do not listen because their minds are given over to idolatry. The love of money is a root that will cause one to only hear what he or she wants to hear.
Some people listen and hear…
This is the last group of seeds that fell on good soil. It had been prepared to listen. It had been prepared to receive.
Pastor Kingsbury told us of a story of a boy that worked around an icehouse in the late 1800’s. The owner lost his pocket watch in the icehouse and offered a sum of money to anyone who could find it during lunch. No one found it. The boy told the owner he would find it when everyone went home and all was quiet. Fifteen minutes after closing, the little boy handed the watch to the owner.
The owner was both amazed and amused at how the boy so quickly found the watch. “How did you do that?” the man exclaimed. “Sir, I just got on the floor and was real still and quiet so I could hear the sound of the watch, and I found it!”
God wants to talk to you today! He is tenderly calling you today. Stand still. Be quiet. Get your journal so when He does speak you can retain what is being said. Listen…listen…listen today!