Our Pastor asked us to start to think again about what it means to walk with Jesus in our daily lives as Christians.
Hebrews 12 v 25-29 says “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire”.
Listen! Hear Him! Believe what He says!
The author of Hebrews has presented us with the facts that Christ is greater than angels, greater than Moses and greater than Aaron; that the New Covenant is superior in every way to the Old Covenant. He addresses this presentation to Christians who stand, not before a physical mountain in the Sinai, but a spiritual Mount Zion in heaven. Nevertheless, we still have the potential to refuse to hear, even as our spiritual ancestors who had just come out of Egypt did not hear. Now, they knew—they knew—that it was the voice of God that they heard, and they refused to hear because they believed they could not endure what He commanded!
I see a parallel here….
It is possible for Christians to hold fast to their own will—which they know to be opposed to the will and purpose of God—and to stick to their own desires, thus stifling the voice of the Almighty God Himself!? And so, we can wrench ourselves away from His voice because we feel uncomfortable going against what we want to do.
At work it is O so easy to shut out Gods voice during the day and only listen to Him in the evening (if we have a quiet time) or at church. But God wants us to hear His voice and walk with Him 24-7.
Life can be hard – think of Val , a missionary in Uganda who we support and know so well who has suddenly gone blind. Easy for her to think God does not care and is not there, wanting to take her through. But knowing Val, she will be praising Him and LISTENING for His voice through her dark and difficult path He is taking her through. And I know she WILL hear HIM. I do, too….. do you?
Food for thought.