Did You Hear That?

August 29, 2022

“The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb…”

Deuteronomy 1:6a

Learning by Listening

Would you consider yourself to be a good listener? Within smaller conversations, in larger social settings, or in the stillness and the quiet. Are you the one asking, “Did you hear that?”Or rather, are you the one craning your neck and straining your ears to get a good listen? Among each of these contexts and overall, where would you rate your listening abilities? Not just merely hearing, but truly listening and responding to all that’s around you.

Some of us seem to have the natural ability to prick up our ears and be attentive; for others of us, it appears to be a more learned skill. Either way and beyond what we can so easily observe, the Lord is speaking. Are we hanging on His every word?

To Hear and to Heed

Today’s verse is just a tiny snippet from the first chapter of Deuteronomy, a book rich in history and lessons learned for God’s people. In the text, the Israelites are preparing to leave the wilderness they had learned to call home for the last year. Moses is reminding them from Whom their directions had come. He declares that it was “[the] Lord our God [who] spoke to us at Horeb…” It was He who had spoken to the children of God from where they had journeyed through the wilderness; it was not Moses simply making grand declarations out of thin air.

God is still speaking to us—His children—and to our own children, guiding us as we take our next steps as individuals, within our families, and together as a church body. In Hebrews 1:1-2, the author writes of this phenomenon: “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son.” But are we listening? And do our children know where our directions and help come from?

Taking Heart and Responsibility

Through His Word and Spirit, the Lord our God is communicating with us still, offering guidance through every twist and turn on the way. But we can’t do it alone, not as parents or as individual family units; we need our community walking alongside us in truth. He is faithfully speaking to us and to the next generation of disciples, declaring to us who He is and who we are as His own children and creation.

But how are we bridging that gap between who we are now and who we are becoming? Where we are now and where we are going? In what ways are we setting examples of faithfulness and distinction to those in our households and within our midst? Our children need us to be the leaders God is calling us to be so that they may rise up to become the leaders He is calling them to be. (That’s how disciples are made!)

Well, we must once again ask ourselves the question: Are we listening? Are we taking part in the disciplines that will guide us closer to His will? How can we be the mouthpiece for our families if we are not first the listening ears heeding the Word of the Lord? So, did you hear that? Because this is true influence: taking His truth into account, taking His love to heart, and taking this responsibility head on.

Now What?

Consider what it means to be the listening ear before becoming the mouthpiece for your family. How are you setting out to seek God’s truth? Reflect on the guidance He has offered you in the past, as well as the direction you see your family moving in the future, together and in light of the gospel. How are you raising up the leaders around you for the sake of His good news?

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