Old Testament: Exodus 9:13-35
Morning Psalms: Psalms 22, 95
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Gospel: Mark 10:32-45
Evening Psalms: Psalms 141, 143:1-11
“Jesus said to the twelve, ‘the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.’”
What if I had been one of the apostles? Would I have heard Jesus and understood what He said? Or would I have missed the message as they did and heard only what I wanted to hear?
What about now? I sometimes wonder if I hear God when He speaks to me. Do I even recognize His voice?
“Hear what you want to hear.” That is the tag line in a TV commercial for the popular headphones, Beats by Dre. As San Francisco 49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick, enters the stadium of an opponent, the home team fans hurl insults his way. To block that out, he puts on his Beats by Dre to hear only what he wants to hear –music, not the screaming crowd.
I recently attended a meeting at St. Matt’s to present information on an adult mission trip opportunity that we could possibly pursue later this year. Quickly, the meeting shifted from, “Here is some information on a mission opportunity,” to “Pat, when can you lead this trip?” I wanted my Beats by Dre, as this was not the message I wanted to hear. I had absolutely no intention of leading a mission trip; I was just trying to be helpful! But afterward, I realized that maybe God was speaking to me, putting one of His desires on my heart. I have since shifted my thinking and will now make every attempt to free up time in October to lead that mission trip. With God’s grace, I will no longer limit myself by “Hearing what I want to hear.” Instead, I will try to actively listen for the voice of God, with or without my Beats by Dre.