How many speeches have you heard? How many conversations have you had? How many hours have you heard people talk?
In all of those hours how much would you say that you have actually listened to?
I ask because how many times have we had conversation with people where we don't really hear what they are saying instead we are waiting for our turn to talk. Or how many time have we heard a powerful speech or sermon and nothing changed in our lives?
This seems to be what is happening with the religious leaders of Jesus day. At the end of our reading today in John 7, their is division among the people and the Pharisees are angry because they want to arrest Jesus. Even as people ask questions they are quick to dismiss them because they do not want to listen to any truth about Jesus. In John 7:50-51, Nicodemus, who had visited Jesus earlier in John 3, comes and says shouldn't we at least listen and hear what Jesus truly has to say before making a judgement. Upon hearing this they mock him by asking him, "Are you from Galilee too?"
They had heard a lot of things Jesus had said, but they weren't listening to what Jesus was saying.
I know in my own life I am guilty of this many times over. I can be quick to move to the next thing or to think that I have it all figured out and not really listen to what the Lord is leading me to in my life.
What about you? Are you listening to hear from Jesus?
Today may we discover Jesus in a fresh way so that when he speaks we are listening and ready to truly hear what He has to say in our lives.