Hearing God – Luke 10:38-42
Basic Principle: You can hear God through His Word.
To begin with, the fact is that the living God of the Bible still speaks to His people today. One of the main ways God speaks is through His Word.
Hearing God speak, like Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet to hear the Word, is a picture of submission.
“Now it happened as they went that He (Jesus) entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. She (Martha) had a sister called Mary who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word.”
Mary heard Jesus’ words, so can you. God speaks through your thoughts and impressions. This describes how Mary heard Jesus’ Word:
- She heard
- She understood with obedience
Context: Mary was included to sit with Jesus’ disciples, but Martha was putting pressure on her to help in the kitchen.
Response: Sitting at Jesus’ feet is an attitude of respect, showing a desire to receive.
v40, 41 “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said,
‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’
Jesus said, ‘Martha, Martha, you are careful (full of cares) and troubled about many things…”
Context: Martha is exhausted, busy and distracted with much service.
Response: Mary on the other hand made a decision; this was a priority for her. She had to resist pressure to help out in the kitchen.
v42 Jesus says,
“But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part which will not be taken away from
The good part, the time Mary spent at Jesus’ feet has lasting benefits.
Benefits: Learning to hear Jesus
- The good part is the interaction between Mary and Jesus as she received her part of the Word personally. It’s rewarding to hear the Lord and receive from Him.
- Revelation remains in your mind and spirit. You don’t forget the truths God shows you.
- You receive your portion of the Word for your prayer time. As you meditate, the part you receive is the foundation of your response and prayer.
- You will grow spiritually, and become more discerning. Mary was the only one privileged to anoint Jesus before His burial. She learned to know the voice of God and was obedient to do what He said. (John 12:3-8)
- Anna and Simeon, both in the right place at the right time. They came in contact with Jesus because they learned to hear God’s voice and were obedient to it. (Luke 2:25-35 Simeon; Anna v2:36-38)
- Strength for the prayer. Sitting at Jesus’ feet to hear and receive His Word is where you choose to put aside the cares and concerns of the day as you are washed by the Word. Your inner needs are met, encouraging, and strengthening you. (Ephesians 5:26)
- Prayer no longer boring it becomes easier, God has shown you what to pray.
Application: Meditate through the passage. Receive your part, apply it personally. Pray it out.