Jesus' words about how we hear and react to His teachings and pronouncement of the good news of God are important both for those who preach and for those who participate in hearing the Word of God preached. What does it mean to "be careful then how you listen?"
Sunday night we talked about the place of silence and solitude in the life of the believer as we strive to have lives that are more attentive to what God is doing in us, through us, around us, for us, and in spite of us. We talked about Elijah and the Prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. The contrast that we focused on was the need of the prophets of Baal to "wake up" their deity (as Elijah so helpfully encouraged them to do), with the simple prayer for action by God for his own glory and the conviction of those around Elijah.
We then took note of Psalm 115:1-8 about the inability of an idol to do anything.
Finally we came to Habakkuk 2:18-20...
"Of what value is an idol that someone has carved?
Or an image that teaches lies?
For those who make them trust in their own creations;
they make idols that cannot speak.
Woe to him who says to wood, 'Come to life!'
Or to lifeless stone, 'Wake up!'
Can it give guidance?
It is covered with gold and silver;
there is no breath in it."
The LORD is in his holy temple;
let all the earth be silent before him. (TNIV)
Question: Have we become so focused in our worship on "saying something" whether it be praying, singing, or even preaching that we have failed to be silent?
The reason that those who worship idols must speak is that their God cannot.
The reason you and I must be silent is that not only can our God speak, but He in fact does. The question for you and I then is this: As the people of God do we believe God is speaking and if so, are we listening?