Some years ago a young man decided to apply for a job as a Morse Code operator with a telegraph company. He went to the company office and entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist's counter instructed the applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.
The young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven others in the waiting area. After a few minutes, the young man stood up and walked into the inner office. The other applicants muttered among themselves that it wasn't his turn.
They assumed that the young man was just brash and would be tossed out. Shortly however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, "Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled."
The other applicants began grumbling, and one spoke up saying, "Wait a minute. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That's not fair!" The employer said, "I'm sorry, but all the time you've been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse Code: 'If you understand this message, then come right in. This job is yours.' None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his."
So often, like the applicants in the story above, the reason why we don't respond to God's message is that we haven't really been listening to it. God continues to try to get our attention, but we get distracted by so many other voices and sounds around us that we never even hear what God has to say.
"But I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. But they did not listen or pay attention..." (Jer. 7:23-24a). Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 13:9).
God speaks to us through His Word. May you seek to listen to Him this day amidst all the clutter that seeks to distract you.