Failing to hear from God
What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? You think you already have everything you need. You think you are already rich. 1 Corinthians 4:7-8 After the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the attitude that prevailed among humanity was the inclination to be self-reliant. This led to self-sufficiency and considered all blessings as results of one’s own abilities and resources. From the text, the Apostle Paul raised an important point reminding each one that it is God who is the Source. Once you forget the Source of your blessings and remained focus on your own abilities and strength, your tendency is not to listen to God. When Jehoiakim became self-absorbed and his ego was puffed-up, he neglected the voice of God. “I warned you when you were prosperous, but you replied, ‘Don’t bother me’” (Jeremiah 22:21). Such attitude was dangerous and destructive. There are many reasons why others could not hear from God. It could be that there are those that have filled up their lives with responsibilities because of the pressures of life. They could be looked upon as part of proper duties yet God still wants them to express dependence by having fellowship with Him. Martha complained to the Lord when Mary was not helping her to do proper duties, God rebuked her instead and commended Mary’s action. “Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught... “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:39, 41-42). Total dependence on God should provide a great motivation to each one to listen to Him. Your decision to recognize Christ as your Lord and Savior is a great indicator that you want to trust Him to guide you in your life. May that dependence continue to remain in you so that no matter how much responsibilities you have, no matter how grave your circumstances will be, you will still find the time to stop and listen to His voice. “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10).