Summary: Are you listening to God or worrying about every little thing? See how Martha’s life of worrying was not necessary in this sermon.
CAN YOU HEAR GOD NOW?
Scripture Texts: Luke 10:38-42; Matthew 6:25-34; and Philippians 4:6-9, verse 19, Psalms 10:4, 14:2 and 27:8
Can you Hear God NOW? That is the question that I am asking you today here in the congregation. Too many times, we don’t hear God. We think we do, but we are not listening. Are you hearing Him today in your life?
Let us examine the scriptures above as well as to find out what we are supposed to do. IN Luke, chapter 10, beginning with verse 38, we see that Martha and Mary were here with Jesus as well as Lazarus, although he is not discussed. See the picture here – Martha is way too busy, while Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His Word. We don’t sit enough at Jesus’ feet and hear His word in this day and age. Some of us don’t even get in the Word of God. Martha was TOO distracted with making sure “everything” was perfect. Yet, in our daily lives, we are also distracted with the things of the world. We are “too worried” about getting things “done” and then we don’t have time to sit at Jesus’ feet. Now, Martha sat at Jesus’ feet, look at verse 39, but then she became too preoccupied with arrangements and the like and then became too busy to sit any longer, while Mary continued to hang onto every Word that Jesus spoke. Sometimes we are trying to “do the work of the Lord” and we get too distracted also. Martha was getting ANXIOUS and AGITATED because she thought Mary was doing nothing. NOTE: Mary chose the “good” part – that is listening to Jesus and it will not be taken away from her – and it won’t from us, if we LISTEN!
So, now let us look at what being anxious is about – Turn to Philippians, chapter 4, starting with verse 6. “Be anxious for nothing! The word ‘anxious’ means take thought and in a few minutes we will see what Matthew has to say about taking thought of things of this world and tomorrow.
Being anxious or “worrying” is what we are NOT supposed to do. We are always preoccupied with the things of the world. We are to rather, concentrate on what verse 8 says and practice what this verse says. We are to ENJOY (1) things learned, (2) things received, (3) things heard, and finally (4) things seen. We are not only to MEDITATE but DO certain things. Christianity is VERY practical. It is not a dead ritual but rather divine, living, vital, dynamic and a liberating religion (setting us free from sin). In verse 5, Paul states that the “Lord is at hand” and so why should we be anxious or worry about anything. The phrase, “shall keep” means to “stand guard.” Then verses 8 and 9 tell us how to keep that peace. Psalm 27:8 says this, “When thou said, Seek ye My face; my HEART said unto You, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” This is what God has demanded of men from the beginning of His written revelation. The heart must say this before God will hear.
There are 12 things that are promised seekers:
1. God will be found.
2. God will hear from heaven.
4. Healing of the land.
5. Goodness from God.
6. Not want of any good thing.