Not Listening

Sometimes we’re just not listening.

We’re focused on ourselves,Feb 15 2015 listening

our plans,

what we want to make happen.

So we move forward,

in the direction we want to go.

Doing what we want to do,

when we want to do it.

With our ears closed to God.

Not listening.

Not really wanting to hear anything that could change the direction we want to go.

Because we know where we want to go.

We have big plans……this is going to be great!

So we march out to the hill country just like the Israelites did in Deuteronomy 1.

Without God’s direction.

Without God’s protection.

And we are chased back down the hill of failure – defeated by our own arrogance and rebellion.

How we wish we had listened!  The consequences of our own choices can be very severe – beating us down.

Unlike the Israelites, those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior have been redeemed and the Spirit of God lives within us.  He is always available – we just need to confess our rebellion and turn away from our sin.

Away from ourselves.

Our will.

We turn back to God.

And we recommit to listen….

very closely…..

everyday.

We’re listening, Abba Father.

A Hardened Heart

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We’re focused on doing our own thing.

We’re stubborn.

We want to control what’s going on.

We think we know what’s best.

Sometimes God will throw up a roadblock when we’re doing these things in order to get our attention and turn us in a different direction.

Other times, God just lets us follow our natural inclinations.  He knows we will have consequences to pay for the bad decisions we’re making and, hopefully, we’ll turn to him in our distress.  Hopefully we’ll ask for his wisdom and we’ll learn to become wise through the trials we are bringing upon ourselves.

Sometimes, God lets us do just what we want to do without trying to stop us.

That’s what he did in Moses’ epic showdown with Pharoah.  God let Pharoah follow his natural, stubborn, evil, greedy, self-centered inclinations.  God hardened Pharoah’s heart – he didn’t do anything to change Pharoah’s mind or open his eyes to the truth.

God let Pharoah do what he wanted to do and it led to the death of Pharoah’s firstborn son and destruction of his army.

When our ears are not open to the whispers of God, our hearts are hard.  Beware!

When we’re focused on getting what we want, when we want it – our hearts are hard.  We are on a path of heartbreak and destruction.

But our Father God is always near.  We just need to turn to him, confess our rebellion and get in step with him once again.

His grace is sufficient for us.

Thank you, Abba Father.