Listening to and Obeying God

Prophet Habakkuk vigilantly Listening

“We can shutter ourselves to what is seen, having eyelids to seal off images and scenes that we do not want to behold.  The ear, by contrast, has no flap for silencing unwanted voices.  The ear is an organ for receiving declarations, and thus for obeying or refusing commands.  Obedience comes from the Latin audiere, “to listen.”  Over and again Scripture declares that no one has seen God, while at the same time insisting that many have heard the word of God.”

(Wood, Ralph C., The Gospel According to Tolkien:  Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth)

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