Listening

 

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? (Luke 24:32)

As the Word of God deserves such quiet attention, it certainty is only by such attention that it is likely to bless us. Faith cometh by hearing, but not by such hearing as some men give, for the Word goes in at one ear and out at the other. They hear the gospel as though it were an idle tale, or a merry song, to which they listen at a street corner, and they go their way. Nay, but if thou wouldst get the blessing, thou must hear as for eternity, with all thine ears, and with thy whole heart, praying while thou dost hear, “Lord, bless this to me! Lord, bless this to me!” I remember a child who used to be noted for great attention during sermon, and his mother, noticing his deep earnestness, asked him why. He said, “Because, mother, I heard the preacher once say that if there was a piece of the discourse that was likely to be of good to our souls, Satan would try to make us lose it; and as I do not know which part God will bless me by, I try to hear it all, and to remember it all.” Oh, when people come to listen to the preacher with such a spirit as that, it is sweet work to preach. You can easily feed hungry horses, and you can easily feed souls that hunger and thirst after righteousness: “They shall be filled.” The Lord help us to give earnest heed to his own saving Word. “Stand thou still a while, that I may show thee the word of God.”

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