sometimes we speak what we hear

The idea is simple: sometimes we speak what we hear. Songs on the radio, TV shows, funny stories from friends- we hear these things all the time, then we share them. But what if, like the prophet Jeremiah, God is calling us to speak things He is saying to us? Are we listening?

My friend Dave Kludt and I made a video a few months ago reflecting on Jeremiah 1 and listening to God, pondering how God may continue to use us today to speak His words. And wondering if we are even listening.

Jeremiah 1

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew [a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

6 “Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”

7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

11 The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching [b] to see that my word is fulfilled.”

13 The word of the LORD came to me again: “What do you see?”
“I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north,” I answered.

14 The LORD said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the LORD.
“Their kings will come and set up their thrones
in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;
they will come against all her surrounding walls
and against all the towns of Judah.

16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people
because of their wickedness in forsaking me,
in burning incense to other gods
and in worshiping what their hands have made.

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

This was for our church, Kairos Hollywood, and all the pictures are from our neighborhood, East Hollywood.

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One thought on “sometimes we speak what we hear

  1. “The idea is simple: sometimes we speak what we hear. Songs on the radio, TV shows, funny stories from friends- we hear these things all the time, then we share them.” Fully coherent with my own experience.

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