If We Don’t Listen, We Can’t Hear

I would consider myself a good listener. I’m good at offering advice and guidance to others problems. It’s much easier to do that when you aren’t in the problem itself.

Now as for my problems, my brain doesn’t allow me to think so clearly. I overthink the things I over thought about already and then overthink them a bit more. That’s confusing to write, no wonder I’m such a mess!

I’m praying about that and I know the Lord will help me, but I’ve gotta do my part too. Changing takes work. Even when it’s changes the Lord is making within us. At least it is for me.

I hate change. Unexpected change rather. I’m all about planned change. I get bored easily and make changes all the time around the house, but change within us isn’t that simple.

It takes work and dedication. Sometimes God makes sudden changes and sometimes we have to work extra hard. Nevertheless, we are changing and that’s what matters most.

In reading today’s Scripture, In started 2 Kings chapter 1.There were 2 passages that stood out to me.

1:3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samiria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel that ye go to enquire of Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron?

1:15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.

In both of these passages the angel of the Lord spoke to Elijah. The angel gave him exaxt instructions and he obeyed them.

The king had fallen and needed healing. Even though the king didn’t worship God, God sent him a message. He could have just left him alone to die with no answers. God didn’t do that. He gave him an opportunity to acknowledge that God was the True God. Even though the message for the king was death. The king failed to acknowledge Him. He wanted his god to tell him he would live.

God told him the truth. The truth isn’t so easy to hear sometimes.

Afterward, the king sent for Elijah, but Elijah dis not follow the kings commands. Instead he let God take care of the matter. God sent fire down to destroy the messengers. None of them acknowledged God.

It wasn’t until the second passage that Elijah listened to the angel of the Lord. The angel told him to go back to the king with the third set of messengers. Of whom did acknowledge there was a God.

Elijah obeyed. Nothing had changed for the king. The king died juat as God sais he would.

Elijah was obedient to God. The king died never admitting there was a true God and all who witnessed it now saw that there surely was.

We need to listen to what God is telling us more. There is a reason behind it. We don’t need to act until the Lord tells us to. Even then though, circumstances may not change.

Even so, in our obedience, others will see God. God will take care of all the stuff in between.

We let too much chaos in our heads and hearts. Listening and obeying doesn’t “feel” so cut and dry like it seems Elijah does. If we weren’t so distracted, it could be. Everything around us is a distraction.

We have to seek what God wants and trust that He will tell us when to act.


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