The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29, NKJV). How often it is that a person looks to the Lord when in dire straits, but how often it is (also) when that one in a difficult circumstance refuses to hear the Lord when He appeals to us through His word. In such circumstance, the Lord may hear the prayer, but we are told here that He will not answer it. “The verb “hear” (שָׁמַע, shama’) has more of the sense of ‘respond to’ in this context” (NET study note). On the other hand, those who love the Lord, hear His word and obeys His will not only has the Lord’s ear, but a response from the Lord is certainly in the petitioner’s future. RT
The four letters abbreviate “what would Jesus do?” The trendy slogan of years ago was designed to caution people into thinking whether or not their actions are actions that Jesus Himself would be engaged in. Many like (and liked) the bracelet with WWJD on it, but less did they like the actual answer to the question.
As some would ask others (and self) “what would Jesus do?,” He actually asked a question Himself of you and others, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46, KJV).
What did Jesus do? one might ask. Jesus knew that when others obeyed Him the reaction would not be as some hope. “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:14, ESV).
What would Jesus do? He would not live in accordance with the standards of this world, but He would (and did) live in accordance with the Father’s will. How about you? Will you do what Jesus did? Maybe a new slogan would be good. DWJD (do what Jesus did). RT
The power of God’s message is in His word (Rom. 1:16) as it is proclaimed by men (2 Timothy 2:2). When men, or people in general, take the word of God, allowing it to reign in their individual hearts, then that which is within is going to make its way out.
Peter said, “for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20, ESV). For the apostles, It was not merely a matter of having seen and heard, but they lived the message of Christ for at least three years. Having proclaimed this message, people’s lives were changed. Because of this, the value of getting the word of God into the hands of any and all is invaluable. Thus, when missionaries come, give them your attention, and when the Bible can be given, let us give that some attention also.