A woman called out to Jesus, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” Jesus answered, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Drown Out the Noise
We are awash in a tidal wave of words. We are assaulted constantly by written and spoken words that drown out the still, quiet voice of the Word of God. It takes effort to sit still, to shut out all other noises and voices, and to read and listen to the Word of God—not read books about Word, or list to Christian radio, or watch religious TV—but read and listen to the Word of God. Jesus did not think it something optional. If we claim to follow him, reading and listening to his Word are as essential to life as breathing and eating.
Read the Word
“As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:27-28
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