Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21 (NLT2)
Will you listen to my voice? Will you follow my direction? Will you receive my guidance? Yes, I will listen to your voice. Yes, I will follow your direction and receive your guidance. What steps will you take to hear my voice, follow my direction, and receive my guidance? Steps? I’m not quite sure what you mean. Let me ask you a few questions. Go ahead, I’m listening.
What will hinder or help your ability to hear from me? If I race through the busyness of life and allow myself to be overwhelmed by its’ noise, I will never be able to hear from you. I need to slow down and withdraw from the noise and busyness of life so I can hear from you. I need to quiet myself before you. I need to come to rest in your presence. I need to be still before you. Then I need to meet with you in your word. Oh, and another thing, I also need to submit my heart and mind and life to you. Then as I do these things, I will be placing myself in a position to hear from you. I do think one other prerequisite, to hearing from you is also important. What’s that? I need to decide in advance that I really will follow and obey you. Why is that important? If I am unwilling to follow and obey you, how attentively could I possibly be listening to you. I can’t imagine going to all this effort to hear from you if I wasn’t really willing to follow your direction or receive your guidance. You have a good point. There is something else that I suspect to be true. What’s that? If I am not willing to follow and obey you, it is very unlikely that you will give me direction or guidance or counsel that I won’t follow anyway. Although, I am not positive on this point. Why is that? I know that I have not always followed your direction and guidance. Yet, you have given it to me anyway. Why would I do that? You want me to learn the importance of hearing and following and obeying you. You want me to know that there are consequences to hearing and obeying or to hearing and not obeying you. Yes, that is true. I want you to learn to hear and follow and obey me. I want you to learn to listen attentively to my voice. That I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, no longer will I fail to listen to your voice. You have my full and undivided attention. I will quiet myself before you. I will remove myself from the noise and busyness of life. I will hear you. I will follow you. Guide my life according to your will, purpose, and plan. Amen
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