Communication—everybody’s discussing it, studying it, practicing it. Yet, despite our improved communication skills, we may feel like the author who wrote, “I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

Good communication involves more than good speaking; it also requires good listening.

Jesus, the master communicator, was often misunderstood, as we see in today’s Scripture. Although He spoke the truth clearly, His hearers jumbled up His message and then rejected it. “Why do you not understand My speech?” He quizzed them. Answering His own question, He replied, “Because you are not able to listen to My word” (Jn. 8:43). Why were they such poor listeners? Not because Jesus failed to communicate, but because they didn’t want to hear the truth. And why didn’t they? Because it made them face up to their need to change.

When we say, “God is getting through to me,” it’s not because He’s communicating better but because we’re hearing and willing to change. Let’s always make listening to God one of our best communication skills.