Jan. 6 – Matthew 3

The first three words of this chapter, In those days, caught my attention. It had been about 400 years since the end of Malachi and the start of the book of Matthew. God did not speak to the people of Israel with a prophetic voice during this time. God broke His long silence with the coming of John the Baptist. That was those days, silent days if you will.

We live in these days! We are blessed in ‘these days’ to have the voice of God that we can hear on a day to day basis. It is called the Bible. We can hear God speak to us by opening our bibles and reading it and listening to the words as we read. We don’t have to go 400 years or even 4 minutes without hearing what is on God’s heart.

When John started to speak the words of God people were so starved for God’s word that they walked for many miles to hear him speak. They left their everyday routines to go outside of regular society to a wilderness area to hear God speaking through John. They gave up a lot of other things they could have been doing, a lot of comfort and a lot of time to hear God speak. In other words they had to make a commitment to hear God speak!

What about us? What about this daily bible reading plan the we have set up to read the New Testament through in a year? Unlike the people in those days we don’t have to walk a long ways to hear God speak. We don’t have to give up much comfort because we have many bibles in our own houses! However, we are going to have to go outside of our regular routine to do the plan. We are going to have to give up some other things to complete this plan. We are going to have to set aside some time to do this. We are going to have to make a commitment!

In those days the people thought it was worth it to give up some comfort and sacrifice some time and get away from life’s distractions to hear God’s word. The cool thing was when they made the commitment and took the time they heard God speak and they obeyed what they heard!

I believe the same is true today. If it is important to us to hear God’s word and we are willing to make the commitment to set aside time for just us and God by reading our bibles; He will speak to us through His word. Like the people in those days we can prove that we have repented of our sins and turned to God by obeying what we hear God saying.

Psalm 119:34 (NLT) — 34 Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In the old testament / covalent they gave animals, grain and olive oil but God, through John, asked them to give the selves to God. The pharacies came to look but not further give themselves to God. They were threatened by change.

  2. Jeremy Mueller says:

    The verse that stuck out to me was verse 11: “I baptize you with water, but…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Baptize literally means ‘to immerse’. Not only does the Holy Spirit speak to us today, but He is willing to fill us/completely saturate us and empower us to live for God and fulfill the works of Jesus every day.

  3. Joe DeLaCruz says:

    Am I chaff or am I wheat? I realize that we all fall short of the glory of God but am I living a life that is worthy to be one of God’s children? This verse really stands out to me because I am fully able to understand what the Lord desires from His children when it comes to abiding by His commandments and yet I often times choose differently. Thank you God for your Son that even though we fall short He took the punishment for us. Lord forgive my selfish ways and baptize me with the Holy Spirit that I may learn to not yield to temptation but be more willing to follow your mandates and live a life that will be a light into others. Amen.

  4. Brenda young says:

    Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance ,….therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. What is the fruit?

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      The fruit is the way people act. Do they bear the good fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control or are they negative, critical, impatient etc? I hope this helps.