Take Your Fingers Out of Your Ears

Bible Reading: Zechariah 7; 8; Ezra 6:14-22 - Listen

"This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.' But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry. 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the Lord Almighty" (7:9-13).

Am I paying attention to what God is trying to tell me? Or have I, like a stubborn child, turned my back to him and stuck my fingers in my ears, chanting with increasing volume, "La la la la la la...I can't hear you..."? Will I earnestly sing, "Mold me and make me after thy will"? Or will I persist in having things my way, until my heart of stone gains me nothing more than heaven's silence?

I will listen, Lord. I will love truth and peace, as you do (8:19). I will do my best to treat others with fairness, kindness, mercy and compassion, as you have done. Following your example, I will assume of them the best, not the worst; I will see their beauty, not their faults; I will look for things to praise, not things to criticize (Philippians 4:8 Msg). I will take my fingers out of my ears and fold them together in prayer, uttering these words: "Lord, tell me your ways. Show me how to live. Guide me in your truth, and teach me, my God, my Savior. I trust you all day long" (Psalm 25:4-5 NCV).