Sometimes we get so caught up with watching an event unfold that we don’t listen to what is really going on.
When we read the Word of God, we get distracted when we ‘watch’ some of the stories play out. For example, in St. John 6 when we read it, it’s easy to picture Jesus feeding the 5000 men, plus women and children, with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. We watch the scenes play in our imaginations and then we smile and bless the Lord for being a miracle working God.
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. John 6:8-13
Afterwards, we may read the entire chapter but the only thing we can recall from John 6, is the miracle we ‘watched’ of Jesus feeding the people. But did we listen to what Jesus had to say in that scripture?
No, we did not. When faced with ‘watching’ a famous bible story play in our minds or listening to Jesus, we choose to remember what we ‘saw’.
I am guilty of this as well. It was today while reading the scripture that I recognised this habit; I watched the story but I never listened to Jesus after the miracle was over.
In John 6:28-29, Jesus spoke to the people but how many of us remember the conversation?
“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” (KJV)
“29 Jesus replied, This is the WORK (service) that God asks of you: that you BELIEVE IN THE ONE WHOM HE HAS SENT [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].” (AMP) – In my opinion, this verse is much more important in our walk with God than the miracle that Jesus did.
Let us strive to listen to what Jesus has to say in the Word.
Let us listen to what God SAYS about us.
Instead of waiting to SEE or WATCH how God is going to miraculously show us who we are and how He’s going to use signs and wonders (via a prophet) to tell us what our purpose is, why not just listen to what He has to say about us in the Bible?
Watching vs Listening
With one we see what God is doing while we block out the audio. However, with the other we hear what God is saying to us and receive a perfect picture of what He requires of us.