Hearing And Not Doing

And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Ezekiel 33:31

Have you ever been reading the Bible and had a verse just jump off the page and smack you in the face?  This verse hit me right between the eyes.  When I started thinking about it, I wanted to crawl under a rock.  This was a convicting verse to me. 

These people were going to come to God’s man, sit before God’s man, and listen to God’s man.  In fact, they were going to agree with God’s man.  They were going to show “much love” to the Lord with their mouths.  But “their heart goeth after their covetousness.”  They were doing everything right outwardly.  They were going to church.  They were even listening in church.  They were agreeing with what was said in church.  And then they went out and did whatever they wanted.

How often has that been me?  How often have I sat under the preaching and teaching of God’s Word and, while “agreeing with everything said,” gone out unchanged?  How often have I “gone after my covetousness?”  I pray that it would not be thus, but I fear that this verse would be descriptive of me far too many times in my life. 

The good thing about getting hit between the eyes by a verse is that you know that the Lord is speaking to you.  And when the Lord shows you a problem, you get it taken care of and move forward for Him.  Let us not be like these people.  Let us come and hear the words; and DO them!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I think I can be like that too , Ben! Thank you so much for posting this verse, to keep me checking with Him about what I am nodding to but not moving to do. god bless you!


    • It’s a tough verse and a tough thought to think that we haven’t been all that He wants us to be and have turned a deaf ear to Him far, far too many times. But I am thankful that He is merciful and continues to point out where I am wrong. God bless you, too!


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