As a father, I always feel good when my son repeats something positive that I say or do. What really warms my heart is when he responds to something I say or ask, even if it is simply acknowledging that I have said his name. I wonder - does it warm God’s heart when we acknowledge Him? Conversely, does it hurt God or frustrate Him when we don’t hear or listen?
IF GOD WERE TO CALL ME, SPEAK TO ME, OR CHALLENGE ME, WOULD I HEAR HIM?
I sometimes worry that my life gets so busy that the answer would be no. With so many people, tasks, events, and ideas calling my name, I allow God to become another person on my list jockeying for my time. I wonder how that makes Him feel. As stated earlier, few things warm my heart as much as when my son hears my voice and responds to me, but few things frustrate me more than when I know he hears my voice but doesn’t acknowledge me. Doesn’t he know who I am? Doesn’t he understand my importance? After all, I am his father. I brought him into this world. I provide for him. I have blessed him with the very things he is allowing to become distractions. If only he would turn to me and listen. I want to teach him, love him and challenge him to become better! These statements describe God’s power far more than any earthly father.
IS GOD MY LEADER?
May we not frustrate God by ignoring Him or becoming callous to His calling. May we be more like Jesus and submit ourselves, allowing God to lead. May we pray to Him regularly, acknowledge Him before men, listen to His voice, call upon Him for help and ultimately allow Him to lead us. Jesus modeled these things for us while here on Earth. He pleased the Father by being lead by Him. Ultimately, allowing God to lead me makes all the difference between whether I listen or ignore. People listen to leaders. If we do not recognize God’s voice, maybe the most important question to ask ourselves is, “Is God my leader?” If the answer to the question is yes, we must share that news others and encourage them to do the same. If the answer is no, then we must ask ourselves why? What else is leading us? What has replaced God? Pray for help, recommit yourself and allow the Spirit to work within you to change your heart and mind.
COME LET US BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP
In Psalms 95:6-7 David states, “Come, let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. Today, if only you would hear his voice.”
May we acknowledge God and submit our lives to Him. May God always be Lord of our lives and our one and only leader.