by Paula Harrington
Remember the old song “Lucille” by Kenny Rogers? There is a verse in the song that says, “Four hungry children and a crop in the field.” When I was a little girl I thought it said, “Four hundred children and a crop in the field.” I always worried about that poor man raising four hundred children on his own!
Have you ever heard the lyrics to a song and thought, “That can’t be right,” because you misheard what was being said?
That’s how we are with God sometimes. He says one thing, but we hear another. Whether it’s because we want to hear it our way or we’re spiritually immature, it’s always dangerous to “mishear” what God has said. Not only is it dangerous to mishear God, but foolish considering we have his Word at our fingertips.
Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” in Matthew 11:15 (NKJV), but, sadly, we don’t always hear what God says.
God says: “Worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
We hear: Worship anyway we want to.
God says: Be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
We hear: Be the light on Sunday mornings because the rest of the week is too hard.
God says: “Lay up for yourself treasures in Heaven” (Matthew 6:20, Luke 12:15).
We hear: Rack up all the stuff we can get on Earth first.
God says: “Judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24).
We hear: We should never judge others!
God says: “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12).
We hear: Treat people the way we’re pretty sure they’re going to treat us anyway.
God says: “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
We hear: All good people go to Heaven.
God says: “On this rock I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18).
We hear: It doesn’t matter which church we’re a part of. As long as we go somewhere!
God says: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone” (Matthew 18:15).
We hear: If our brother sins against us, first tell the spouse, the kids, the preacher, the mailman, the woman at Wal-Mart, the guy at the cleaners, the old lady down the street…
God says: “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:6).
We hear: Let no man separate unless she gains weight or his hair falls out.
God says: With Him all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
We hear: My problems are too big for God.
God says: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
We hear: Love God until we’re faced with disappointment or tragedy.
God says: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
We hear: Love your neighbor unless she’s hard to get along with.
God says: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).
We hear: As long as we believe, then baptism isn’t necessary.
It’s very important that we hear what God has said and never try to infer our thoughts and feelings into His Word. God is the final authority on all things spiritual and that’s something we should never forget nor mishear.
by Paula Harrington