One of my Facebook friends recently posted a story that’s making the rounds on the internet.
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she’d like as a gift. “I’d like to be eight again,” she replied, still looking in the mirror.
On the morning of her birthday, he rose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on ever ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.
Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.
Then it was off to a movie, with popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&Ms.
What a fabulous adventure!
Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed, exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, “Well dear, what was it like being eight again?”
Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. “I meant my dress size, you idiot!!!”
The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.
I think the women will appreciate that more than the men.
It’s a humorous story but it does serve to illustrate an important truth of the Christian life.
It’s possible to Hear God without Listening to God.
How often do we hear God but we don’t really listen? We don’t make a personal connection with what He’s saying.
It happens to all of us. You take time to read your Bible but right in the middle of the passage your mind has wandered off somewhere. You’re reading on automatic pilot. Hearing but not listening.
Or how many times have you read your Bible – and kept your mind on the text, but what you read didn’t change anything about your life? Hearing but not listening.
In the parable that Jesus told about the different types of soils (Mark 4, Luke 8), He concluded with the statement, He who has ears to hear, let him hear! What He was saying was If you heard Me, listen up! Pay attention! What He wants is for us to hear and to listen.
The point Christ was making was that you need to let what you’ve heard (in the Word of God) change who you are (compare how this phrase is used to the 7 churches in Revelation chapters two and three).
The Apostle James addressed this in his writings when he wrote, But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22). He was admonishing us not just to hear God but to actually listen to Him.
When you take the time to actually listen to God it will produce changes in your life. That’s the only way you can tell if you’re listening and not just hearing.
Unlike the husband, when we listen to God we can get it right!
Stay in the Word