“but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Isiaih 66:2
God is looking for people who have a holy reverence for the Word and His plan for learning and applying it. This means truly hearing God’s voice in the Word. God is the master communicator and biblical history is not only the story of redemption but it is also the story of communication and revelation from God. He encodes and transmits, and we are to decode and receive with active influence of HIS Holy Spirit.
Isn’t it true that one of the keys to life and good relationships is effective communication? And for effective communication to occur, there must be effective listening. This is just one of the reasons we must take the study of the Bible very seriously, whether privately or corporately. This is true not only in Monday or Tuesday Bible study, but also in our personal-prayer life and in all aspects of corporate worship. Why? So that we can truly listen to God through the various aspects of a worship service, and especially our time in the Word alone.
We so need to learn that we are here to listen to God via this Devotional even though He has chosen to use human instruments to communicate with us. It would be well for each of us to take to heart Paul’s praise to the Thessalonian believers in 1 Thessalonians 2:13: “And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”