The prophet Amos delivered three sermons to Israel, each beginning with the phrase “Hear this word.” The phrase reminds me of the times Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15), and when the Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). 


The phrase also reminds me of when the highway trucker asks his fellow trucker, “Do you have your ears on?” or when a wife says to her husband, “Are you listening to me?”


The Lord pleads with wayward Israel, “Seek me and live!” (Amos 5:4-5). Seeking the Lord begins by listening to Him. Do you have your ears on? Are you listening to the word of the Lord? Once you hear Him, then do what He says.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG