“We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God–we simply don’t listen to Him.” Oswald Chambers
He went on to say this, “We show how little love we have for God by preferring to listen to His servants rather than to Him. We like to listen to personal testimonies but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey. But if it is simply one of God’s servants speaking to us, we feel obedience is optional, not imperative.”
One of the wonderful gifts Jesus left us with was the indwelling Holy Spirit. Things became personal. Now, we, as an individual can be led personally by God, by His voice. Listening to that voice requires an ‘ear’ for it–a relationship with it and an obedience to it. Sometimes that voice leads you on a different path than you had imagined for yourself, in work, relationships, even beliefs. We can blow God’s ‘messengers’ off, often they don’t even know we’ve blown them off because we can put on an act. But, if we hear a word from God and blow Him off, HE knows it and we know He knows it and things get uncomfortable. There’s accountability.
I’d like to challenge you today to train your ear on God’s voice. See where He takes you. Really, it isn’t a fearful thing when you begin to realize the freedom that comes with it–oh, and it’s an adventure. 😉