We have all experienced failure in our lives. In our text today we hear three tales of failure, yet the failure does not belong to the person we might expect. In each case there is a failure to listen, a failure to hear. We find in each more than a failure, but a refusal to hear a word that challenges assumptions and perspectives. As Christians we must be open to the word that challenges. God's word often challenges us. That is how we learn, that is how we are transformed. Even those convictions we hold ardently should be examined. Arrogance leaves little room for growth.
February 15, 2020