This post is written for Five Minute Friday. The word for today is “Listen.”
Four Hundred twelve (412.) That is how many times the word listen or listening occurs in the NIV Bible. Four HUNDRED and twelve! That tells me the word listen is incredibly important in God’s Word.
A quick search (Hey, I only have five minutes here) shows that some Greek translations of listen mean to obey, attend to, and to be a hearer. Words such as attentively, carefully, and cling to are frequently used beside the word listen in the Bible.
The bottom line is, when it comes to God’s spoken or written word, we are not to halfheartedly listen as we sometimes do while checking Facebook or texting on our phone. No, we are to cling to the Word and obey it. We are to follow Jesus when He says, Listen.
How much are you attending to, obeying or otherwise clinging to God’s Word? Allow yourself more than five minutes to consider the word listen. Four Hundred twelve (412) could take some time.
I’ll be here if you want to share what you have learned and I’ll be listening (clinging to) every word you say.