By David Cariaga
I am still in many ways confused why believers do not listen to the word of God. They were either not really serious when they obeyed the Lord or they do not see the true value of the word of God. Our Lord has warned us that Satan would seek to snatch the Word away as soon as it is being sown (Mark 4:14). When the word is sown in our hearts and mind, it is supposed to grow and makes us strong in our Lord. But Satan works every time the Word of God is preached to the ears. David J. Stewart said in his article on Not Listening to God that, “ things have not changed at all in 2,700 years (Hosea:765-723 BC). Most people today are fools who still would not listen to God. History testifies as to the wickedness, sinful pride and foolishness of mankind. People just do not listen! God has spoken to us in His word – Hebrews 12:1.God does not speak to anyone today through visions or dreams; but by the word of God. This is why Jesus commanded us to Search the Scriptures (John 5:39).”
In the Old Testament, God was trying to reach out to man. He wants man to listen to Him and that he will make God as his only God. “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God”. Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (ESV). People think by not obeying, the call of God will not harm them. They can still enjoy their life and can go on their “own” way. But Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary expounded by saying “In this chapter the blessings and curses are enumerated at length, and in various minute details, so that on the first entrance of the Israelites into the land of promise, their whole destiny was laid before them, as it was to result from their obedience or the contrary.” The blessings of obedience, Deu 28:1-14. Curses for disobedience, Deu 28:15-68. “
I am encouraged by these words and it has pushed me to dig into the BIBLE more. Simply follow and obey the commands, and I am “FREE.” “Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” John 8:47 ESV
Let me encourage all of you reading this material. You needed our Lord! We all do! And our Lord wants us to feel that He wants us also. Our Father in Heaven sent His son Jesus to bring this message that He wants us to be saved and our only way is to LISTEN TO JESUS. God said “this is my only Son in whom I am well pleased, HEAR YE HIM” –Matthew 17:5. This is a command that we should not neglect. When we give all our best in listening to Him, we are fitly called to be of Jesus as he said “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27. Note that listening is doing or following.
Now, what about you? What does this verse say to you about hearing God’s voice?
Brother David Cariaga is the pulpit minister at the Convoy Avenue Church of Christ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.