TRUTH: Did You Miss What God Said?

Have you ever been talking to someone and heard what they said but didn’t hear what they said? Whether with my mom, wife, kids or students, some times my full attention is not directed to the one speaking to me. When I do that, I miss vital information that is communicated to me. Other times, I give my full attention to the speaker, but for whatever reason, what they say just glides past me without recognizing the significance of what was said. This same circumstance happens between God and man too – the TRUTH: Did You Miss What God Said?

Matthew 20:17-19

Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

Did you catch that? Jesus was speaking to the disciples. He foretold, predicted or prophesied His betrayal, FAKE NEWS where he was condemned to death, beaten, crucified and resurrected. In fact, this was Jesus third time telling the disciples the events of death, burial and resurrection; yet, they still did not hear or understand what He had plainly told them. The first two instances, according to Matthew, can be found in Matthew 16:21 and Matthew 17:22, 23. We know that the disciples did not hear the TRUTH: Did You Miss What God Said?

How many times has God been speaking to us and we did not listen? I know there are countless times. Take today for example, God told me that was investing time in everything else that did not matter. That included getting my wife’s car looked at for repairs. He did not say she did not matter, but in comparison to Him, she does not when He is not given ample time to build our relationship. God wants our time. Our obedience and time are the greatest indicators of how much God means to us. If we are not willing to invest time with Jehovah, we seriously need to confess, repent and ask for forgiveness. I know, we get busy, but who gives us the time? We get busy, but who gives us the strength, ability and resources to indulge in what takes priority over Him at the time. One reason we miss what God says is that we have our minds on ourselves.

In Matthew 16, Peter heard Jesus, but Peter’s mind was not on the things of God. Look at how Jesus’ and Peter’s interaction after Jesus told the disciples of His death and resurrection.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Similarly in Matthew 17, the disciples were just filled with grief. While grief is a natural emotion, it really centers on self. I once subscribed to the notion that the enemy of faith was fear. It is an opposite action of TRUSTing God, but after hearing from God today, I am reconsidering my perspective. I believe that serving self over God may be the truest enemy to our faith. It robs us of the mindset that Jesus demonstrated in order to bring about God’s plan for man. Likewise, we exempt ourselves from the plan of God when self is our first priority. Self prohibits us from hearing and obeying God. Jesus reveals victory over self in the garden when He said, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

TRUTH: Did You Miss What God Said? If we are thinking about ourselves, the answer is yes. Yes, we missed what God said because we were thinking of ourselves. Look for one opportunity today to say no to yourself and yes to hearing God and obeying God.

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV

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