Good Day Family,
When I was a child, the word "listening" was synonymous with obeying. Listening meant doing what you were told. I can remember hearing my father say "listen to your mother," which always meant do what your mother said. When the Children of Israel were in the wilderness with Moses, God revealed God's self with thunder and lighting and smoke and trumpets and frightened the Israelites so much that they told Moses that they did not want God to speak to them anymore. They told Moses that if he would speak to them that they would listen. If you know their story, you know that that promise did not last long.
Why is it that we find it so difficult to obey the voice of God? I once heard a sermon entitled, "When Self Gets in the Way." It was one of the most profound messages that I have ever heard on disobedience. Responding to our selfish wants and desires is one of the greatest obstacles to our obedience to God. We ignore or forget what God wants...what God has said and respond to the voice that is in our own heads, telling us to satisfy our wants and desires first and foremost. This is always problematic because this is when self gets in the way of God's will, God's purpose and God's plan.
Rather than responding to self, why not seek God's will, plan and purpose for our lives? Though God's plan may not offer immediate gratification, in the long run, it will bring about ultimate fulfillment and satisfaction. Make your decision today to listen to God...to obey God's will and to follow in the path of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the pathway to real happiness and genuine peace and it can be yours today by simply listening to God. Are you listening?
With an attentive heart,
Pastor J. M. Hurst