Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Extended Obedience, 2: Listen

“…But the Lord said to Ananias…” Ananias had his opportunity to talk and to share his concerns and his fears to the Lord. But now, was the time to listen. God would never ask Ananias to do something that He had not already considered and knew the end result. Listening would test the integrity of Ananias’ faith in Christ. Was it all a show? Was it all based on an emotional response? Only a true risk tests the integrity of a true faith. As long as he talked, he would never be able to listen. Listening would strengthen his faith and his resolve. Listening would prepare him for obedience.

How true it is for most of us that talking comes easier than listening. We can hear someone talking, but we’re usually not listening. We’re preoccupied with thinking about the next thing we’re going to say. Or, we’re thinking about why what they’re saying isn’t right, won’t work, or is irrelevant. Often times, we apply the same tactic to God. Slow down and take time to listen. God has you right where you are right now for a reason. It’s not an accident or a coincidence. Take time to listen to Him. What is HE saying? Don’t react by coming up with every reason why it’s impossible, won’t work, or that you refuse to comply. Take time to listen. He sees the beginning from the end. He sees the results that you can’t yet comprehend. Listen. He’s preparing you to obey.

Extended Reading Option: Proverbs 2:2; Romans 10:17

Extended Journal Option: What distracts you most from listening to God? How have you seen listening to God, through His word, or through prayer, unlock spiritual doors in your life?

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