When we go to church, or when we read the Bible, we hear God’s Word: the unchangeable, inerrant, perfect, eternal, life-giving, life transforming, powerful Word of God.  It’s really good to prepare ourselves to hear it. The advice that Solomon gave thousands of years ago in Ecclesiastes 5:1 is still applicable to us today. “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear…”

Drawing near to hear God’s Word, whether at church or in our private life, implies:
A willingness: “Speak Lord, for Your servant hears.” (1st Sam. 3:9)
A commitment: “I will hear what God the Lord will speak.” (Psalm 85:8)
An urgency: “Let every man (and of course, every woman!) be swift to hear.” (James 1:19)
A blessing: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy.” (Rev. 1:3)
A relationship: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them.” (John 10:27)
A promise of life: “Listen carefully to Me…Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live.” (Isaiah 55:2,3)

So as we listen in church or open God’s Word alone, let’s understand the urgency of it; let’s be willing and committed to hearing – really hearing – Him. Let’s expect a blessing as we cultivate our relationship with Him and praise God for the promise of life to those who are careful to hear Him!


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