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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Tuesday, November 5

“He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?” — Psalm 94:9 ESV 

Hot Mic

A most entertaining aspect of any sporting event is to hear firsthand sounds of the game from the players themselves. The NFL has captured and perfected this better than any other sport, as the league’s experience with it spans more than 50 years.

That is not to say other major sports have not made inroads in their own unique style. Major League Baseball, for example, has dugout interviews with mangers and players, and on occasion has conversed with players on the field during a game. And what is more exciting than hearing and seeing the competitiveness on an NBA court? 

Although entertaining, a drawback to this feature can be when somebody expresses a thought or opinion, either intentional or unintentional, that they would like to have back. For the most part, those who participate in this venture are well aware of the “hot mic” in their presence. But at times, words are expressed as if no one is listening, as if no one is around to hear their voice. 

All of us can relate to have misspoken at one time or another. We regret what had been said and the consequences it caused and harm it had done. The psalmist reminds us it is not only those around us who hear our words, but there is One who always hears. There is One who is always listening. The Lord God not only hears all we say, but He sees all we do, even when there is no one around. God has the ultimate “hot mic” along with His “all-seeing surveillance camera.”

This should not only serve as a warning to us, but also a comfort. May our conduct bring glory to God through our speech and actions, encouraging others and leading them to Jesus Christ. 

Loring Schultz, Reading, PA 

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