Have You Stopped Listening?

The Traveling Lamp

“But they did not listen” {Jeremiah 7:26}

Have you ever been in a super long Starbucks’ line, waiting to place an order, and hear the conversations the people in the front—and the back—of you? You ever notice how you cannot make out what they are saying? Or—maybe I’m just the weird one in the room. For the most part I cannot understand them because the conversation does not concern me enough to draw into it. I hear them, but I’m not listening. Does that make sense? Well, let’s first start with Google.com’s definitions of what it mean to “hear,” and to “listen.”

Hear: “perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)”

Listen: “give one’s attention to a sound.”

Listening and hearing are two separate things—but, they each support one another. Truthfully we must be willing to do both in our relationship with God.

“While you…

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