Game Changer Week 4: Devotional Day 5
DAY 5 – Friday
Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 42:1; Mark 1:11; 9:2-7
What other places in Scripture do we hear the words “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him”? What is the significance of the repetition here?
In seminary I was the assistant for a professor whom I dearly love. One thing that I found particularly remarkable about him was the way that he prayed. Typically, in public prayer, the expectation is to pray loud enough for others to hear. But not Professor Kang. He would pray in the most diminutive voice, almost a whisper. I regret that I’m hard of hearing, because I would have loved to have heard not only how he prayed, but what he prayed. But I tried my best to lean in and listen.
We listen to those we respect. And I mean that in the deepest sense. There are those people whom we don’t just hear what they say, we drink in their words because there is wisdom, love, and life embedded in every syllable. Their words are nourishment to our souls. Maybe you’ve not met that kind of person. I hope you have, because you then have some understanding of what it means to listen to the Son of God.
This is not like when I tell my son, “Listen to your mother.” That’s too benign. What the Father calls us to in listening to Jesus is a hungry kind of listening that acknowledges that we are starving for Jesus’ remarkable power, wisdom, humility, and love.
Take a moment to take stock of what your soul hungers for. Are there words of Jesus that speak to that? Listen.