Listen to God’s Word
Proverbs 1:20-33 (NLV)
20 Wisdom calls out in the street. She lifts her voice in the center of town. 21 There she cries out in the noisy streets. At the open gates of the city she speaks: 22 “O foolish ones, how long will you love being foolish? How long will those who laugh at others be happy in their laughing? How long will fools hate much learning? 23 Listen to my strong words! See, I will pour out my spirit on you. I will make my words known to you. 24 I called but you would not listen. I put out my hand and no one gave it a thought. 25 You did not listen when I told you what you should do, and you would not hear any of my strong words. 26 So I will laugh at your trouble. I will laugh when you are afraid. 27 Fear will come to you like a storm. Hard times will come like a strong wind. When trouble and suffering come upon you, 28 then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will look for me, but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated much learning, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. 30 They would not listen when I told them what they should do. They laughed at all my strong words. 31 So they will eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own plans. 32 For the foolish will be killed by their turning away. The trust that fools put in themselves will destroy them. 33 But he who listens to me will live free from danger, and he will rest easy from the fear of what is sinful.”
Early in the morning, His still small voice is more clear than ever (Gen 19:27, Ex 34:4, Num 14:40, Luke 21:38). As the sun rises or the light from the sun brightens the land, even through the clouds, the Holy Spirit is everpresent thriving on the Christians seeking God’s will for that day.
The Spirit of God still moves across the face of the Earth as it did in Genesis 1:2. The more time you spend in communion with God, the easier it is to distinguish His voice from the cries of the world we live in.
Often, God is calling us out of comfort zone because we get familiar with our surroundings and mistake pleasures of this world as the Holy Spirit.
Example: Go to the deep woods of Paraguay, where the native Guarani Indians speak Guarani (an ancient dialect now tainted by the Spanish). There you can find a Christian church washed in the blood of Jesus and praising God for the life they have. You may not find the familiar pleasures of sun through the stained glass, a cold air conditioner and a King James Bible; but you will find God.
When you hear God, you will not want to leave that place. When you hear God, do not delay to obey his command. Spend as much time as you can with God. Invite your family to commune with God with you. Jesus wants us to have a relationship with Him, so we may serve our Creator.
Isaiah 55 (KJV)
55 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
When Jesus walked the Earth as the son of man, the wicked people were the religious men, the pharisees and sadducees. Jesus preached against their traditions. He knew the pompous customs were sheer vanity. They plotted to kill Jesus.
Jesus knew that Christianity would shake the foundations of the church. He knew the sermon on the mount was not in agreement with the customs of that day. Jesus also knew why His sheep were following Him and the fate many of His sheep would face because THEY LISTENED TO HIM.
John 3:5 (KJV)
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Let each of us discern what God requires of us to share His Love. Wisdom is alive in the hearts of those who fear God. Find God’s voice and listen to Him. Do not be distracted by religion or any other comforts of the World.
John 8:2 (KJV)
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.