“Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!” –Psalm 81:8
When I walk Lexi, I use my ears as well as my eyes to detect dangers such as oncoming cars or oncoming dogs. Often a sound—a tap of heels, a jangle of dog tags, a purring motor—warns me before I see a person rounding the corner or a car backing down a driveway. And while my eyes are on Lexi, my ears can alert me to another presence nearby. It’s prudent to listen when I’m walking the dog. Likewise, it’s prudent to listen when we’re walking with God. God himself will speak to us and warn us of dangers. We’re advised, “Look where you’re going!” or “Watch out!” But God promises, “Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (Proverbs 1:33, emphasis mine). When we walk with God, we use our ears to perceive God’s warning about the dangers along our way.
Dear God, Teach me to use my ears to listen to your warnings. Amen