The Utter Foolishness of Not Listening

October 21, 2016

""But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet."" (Jeremiah 37:2)

The genesis for everything in our relationship with the Lord is listening. God is good and ""not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."" But before repentance is hearing. Before salvation is hearing. Before walking in the light is hearing. It all starts there.

THE CAUSE

Paul writes to young Timothy reminding him of the reason people don't listen.

Teach and preach these principles. If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing. (1 Timothy 6:2-4)

It is nothing less than our pride that stops our ears. We don't want to hear what God says because we think we know what is best for our lives. What utter arrogance! And yet it happens millions of times a day by almost everyone.

Jeremiah was bringing a word of judgment to the people because of their continued rebellion against God and they just didn't want to hear it. So, they killed the messenger. They put him in prison, vainly trying to stifle the word of God. True to the word Jeremiah was bringing, the enemy came in like a flood and did exactly as God had said. If we choose to not listen, we are on your own, which is always disastrous.

THE ADJUSTMENT

So, what adjustment do we need to make in our lives right now to get in a position to hear? If may be we need to step back and review what He has already said and begin there with repentance and fresh obedience. It surely will mean time in the Word and prayer, for the Word of God, Spirit of God, and people of God are His primary means of communication to us.

If ever there was a moment in our nation when we needed to hear what God is saying, it is now. We need it personally and we need it nationally.

Don't chance it. Don't go another hour committing the sin that leads to every other disastrous sin.  Listen to Him. He is a merciful God whose will is good, acceptable, and perfect. But first, you must listen.




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Graceful Truth

THE PERFECTION OF JEALOUSY
THE PERFECTION OF JEALOUSY

March 02, 2021

Jealousy is always viewed in humans as a horribly destructive trait. Daniel Webster described it in his original 1828 dictionary as “the apprehension of superiority.” For instance, a person is jealous when they fear that someone has taken something that they want or may think they deserve for themselves; a position, an affection, an opportunity.

But is jealousy always wrong? Is it possible to be jealous for the right things? Is there a holy jealousy?

Continue Reading

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WAYS
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WAYS

March 01, 2021

We are created in God’s image, and the fact that we have patterns is a residual effect of how we were created. Sin has damaged this, of course, but just as we have our ways, so does God. Knowing God’s ways is highly important in understanding and following Him.

Continue Reading

OUR SACRED, PRIESTLY FUNCTION
OUR SACRED, PRIESTLY FUNCTION

February 25, 2021

Who has God placed in your life to intercede for them? Are their names on your heart? No one else may take up that responsibility. Are you entering the throne room on their behalf? And will you do it until you die, or they come to Christ?

Continue Reading