I heard that!
It’s an old story, one that’s been told many times. Perhaps you’ve heard it …
A New Yorker was walking near Times Square with a friend who was an American Indian. As they strolled down the sidewalk, his friend stopped and said, “Did you hear that?”
“Hear what?” the New Yorker asked.
“A cricket, I clearly heard a cricket!”
The New Yorker laughed, and said, “A cricket? We’re in New York City, how could you have heard the sound of a cricket in all this city noise?”
“Easily,” his friend responded, “because we train ourselves to hear what’s important to us. Just watch,” the Indian stated. He then reached into his pocket, grabbed a handful of change, and dropped the coins on the sidewalk. Immediately, several people around them stopped and look in the direction of the sound of dropped coins.
Not only do we hear “what” is important to us, we hear “who” is important to us …
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me,” John 10:27.
“Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God …” John 8:47a.
“So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it,” Hebrews 2:1.
Do you hear the voice of Jesus? Or is there something else, or someone else, you’re listening to?