But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to  Rom 14:17 (The Message)

This Romans 14:17 verse popped up in my life again. As I unpacked it, I wrote the following in my journal;

“There is so much noise in the world, yet no-one is listening!!
Is anyone listening?”


I then thought about the question, “Does anyone care, God?”. I continued “Does anyone care about God, God?”

As I looked at the verse and what I had written, a small voice inside my head said,

“Are you listening”? “Do you care about God, Mark?”

It’s funny how my first thought was how this is something for everyone else, and it took a little more ““quiet”” before I could hear the question, “Are you listening, Mark?”

The Other Day

The other day I was in a conversation that unsettled me. It was not really a conversation, but more of a passing comment. It was about the state of the world and in particular South Africa.  South Africans suffered in 2019.  And the comment was, “it isn’t going to get any better in 2020”.

As I said, this unsettled me!

This Romans 14 verse says, “before you trust, you must listen”.

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? If I am going to trust God, this year, I will need to listen. Listen to what? To the “preaching of Christ’s Word!” (see the above verse again!)

And without beating myself up, I asked, “Do I care about listening and believing His word or words?”

I hope so.

Help me God to see, hear and act!

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