Proverbs 16 11-16-21

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice [Jesus is our King].

The famous Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, is more than likely a compilation of a series of sermons that Jesus taught during His ministry throughout Israel. He ends this sermon with a charge,

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

I believe that Jesus was speaking to us, as well. He wants us to obey Him rather than all we have learned and know. But, wait! What if I know a lot about Jesus and His ways? Yes, even rather than all those things. We all have our own capacity for hearing and perceiving, just like we have our own way of interpreting what we hear and perceive. For instance, a friend (the grandmother) was talking to her daughter whose daughter had said that the grandmother (my friend) had said that when it thunders, it’s God raining tater tots. The grandmother immediately denied saying such a thing (I’m inclined to believe her) and couldn’t recall anything that even came close to what the granddaughter heard her say. The granddaughter had interpreted in her young mind what she had heard, and it made perfect sense to her. She had heard it according to her world: her experiences, her knowledge, and her own intellect. We all do the same thing!

Jesus wants us to quit relying on what we know (or think we know) and listen to Him. Daily. Hourly. Continuously. He then wants us to do what He says. We can trust Him to lead us in the right way. If we will quit trusting ourselves and start trusting Him, I promise that we would be a whole lot better off! The bonus is that we would experience Him in a whole new way! Jesus emanates love, joy and peace. Walking in fellowship with Him is a great way to feel great.

There’s an old hymn that says,

“Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms [of Jesus].”

So, let’s give up everything, even what we “know,” and trust in what Jesus is saying to us right now. He’s talking. Are you listening?

Abba, I hereby shuck all I think I know to hear Your voice and to experience You first-hand. I know that You will not contradict Yourself, so I have Your words to guide me. I want to use everything at my disposal: The Old Testament, the New Testament, the internet, books, translations, and Your children to get to know You and to learn about Your kingdom. May I get to know Your voice (when You speak to me) and Your words (when I read the Scriptures) so well that I can interpret clearly what You are saying to me. “Speak to my heart, Lord Jesus, speak that my soul may hear.” Amen.

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