Are You Willing to Listen?

I used to wish that God would give me a sign. The sign I wanted Him to give me would have been as big as a billboard. I truly wanted to hear Him speak. I went seeking His voice.

Do you seek the voice of God?

When I was growing up, ESP and a 6th sense were hot topics. Occasionally over the years, I experienced some interesting perceptions or impressions about future things. They were always correct. In one instance, I just had a funny feeling about my locker. It was broken into later that afternoon.

When I got older, it was brought to my attention that the source of the voice or strong impressions that I heard or felt from time to time either originated with God or Satan. It was either Holy or demonic. There was not another option.

I prayed for God to remove it if it wasn’t from Him. It continued.

As my faith and my relationship with the Lord grew, I began to pay attention to that voice more and more. I began to hear it more clearly and more often.

I still seek to hear it clearer and clearer. The relationship I really would love to have with the Lord looks a lot like Enoch’s.

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Genesis 5:22-24

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:5-6

Enoch had such great faith. Enoch walked with God, and he pleased God. What a testimony.

I have to think that Enoch’s relationship with God was really special. It was more than just pleasing and faith. It was a close relationship, and it was a good relationship. I have to think that Enoch was the type of person that did whatever God wanted him to do because he loved God, and he trusted Him.

Scripture says Enoch walked with God. Therefore, I can’t image Enoch standing around trying to figure out if what God wanted was the best thing for him to be doing. I can’t imagine Enoch spending a lot of time arguing with God about what God was asking him to do either. Enoch probably did not make a lot of excuses. Pleasing God probably came with a quicker obedience than we tend to give and greater faith than most of us have.

LIFE APPLICATION

Have you ever tried to tell someone something, but they were not willing to listen?

If you are seeking to hear God speak, realize that the benefits of hearing God come with being willing to listen. If you are not willing to listen and walk in obedience, consider that God blesses obedience.

If you get ahead of God’s plan for you, you will have to wait anyway.

If you get behind where God wants you to be, you may miss the opportunity. You may have another, but you also may have to wait on it.

When you listen, the Holy Spirit can lead. Your following will be in perfect timing with God’s will.

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