“…or incline their ear…”

I’m still reading through my Bible this year using the 3650 plan, but I’ve gotten behind on some of the readings. (I’m fighting my OCD and trying not to let that deter me from sticking with it.)

I recently read this in Jeremiah:

And the LORD said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this covenant and do them. For I solemnly warned your fathers when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, warning them persistently, even to this day, saying, Obey my voice. Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of his evil heart. Therefore I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.

That “or incline their ear” is what really grabbed my attention.

When my children were younger, there were countless times when they didn’t “hear” me. And as children often do, they used that as an excuse not to obey. I explained to them (over and over) that it was their responsibility to tune their ears to listen out for me. I thought of that as I read this passage in Jeremiah, and I realized that this is what gets me in trouble, too. It’s so easy to let myself become distracted by all of the other voices out there clamoring for my time and attention.

So today, I’m pondering the inclination of my ear and I’m praying that I will tune it to hear Him. And I’m thanking Him for pursuing me and being faithful to His covenant with me.

Will you join me?

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