God is Speaking- Are You Listening?

11 “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears. 12 They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry. 

13 “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 7:11-13)

As I was doing my devotional yesterday and again today, I was drawn to this scripture.

Before I share this, I just want to say that this is one passage from scripture and this is what God was speaking to me today. I share this because maybe you need to hear the same message.

This is not a theological stance. It’s just something God pointed out to me with this particular passage.

The Lords been working on me about some obedience and behavior stuff.

Spiritual growth is a continuous process with a living God.

When you think you have something taken care of, it shows back up or God gives you your next challenge.

The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

It’s interesting how God moves our hearts, how he uses the things in our life to bring us closer to him, and how he seems to position people and situations in our life that will really make his point.

I mean, have you ever noticed that when God asks you to do something or not do something and you ignore it… the message seems to begin popping up up everywhere?

Have you ever noticed that when God asks you to do (or NOT do) something, and you ignore it.. the message seems to start popping up up everywhere? #god Click To Tweet

The reason according to this scripture (as I see it, I’m no Bible scholar), is that it makes God angry when we don’t listen to him because we are choosing to ignore him.

When we don’t listen, the first thing this scripture tells us is it’s because we are actively choosing not to.

There’s a difference between not hearing and not listening.

This scripture says the people “stubbornly” refused to pay attention, turned their backs, covered their ears, and made their hearts hard.

God knows the heart.

He knows if you didn’t hear him… or if you heard him and you’re choosing to ignore him.

There’s no fooling the God of the Universe.

So we’ve established that when you don’t listen to God, it makes him angry (So the Lord Almighty was very angry).

This passage goes on to say one of the scariest things I’ve found in scripture.

It’s his response in verse 13.

13 “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 7:11-13)

That verse shakes me to the core. It should shake you too.

Some of my most heartfelt and passionate prayers come from a place of desperation.

They come when life is hard.
When times are tough.
When I have no other options left.

Maybe you know what I’m talking about.
Are you familiar with those prayers that come with tears, maybe anger, maybe questions of why?

Why me?
Why this?
Why now?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m happy for you and I hope you never have to pray such raw and emotional prayers.

If you do know what I’m talking about, then this scripture will terrify you.

Why?

Because, if you’re like me, when I’m not listening to God on an issue in my life, it isn’t usually a matter of life or death.

I’m not trying to ignore God.

Usually, I’ve reasoned my way out of believing the message is from God because I just don’t want to do it, whatever “it” is.

But when I’m praying those passionate, heartfelt, and raw prayers that come in the darkest times of my life… I want to be heard.
I absolutely want to be heard.
I need to be heard.

The last thing I want is for God to ignore me because I ignored him.

The older I get the more I’m connecting the dots of the spiritual world with the physical world.

In the physical world, to every action there is a reaction.
To every behavior, a consequence.

Would it be to outrageous to think that this was by design?
A way to teach us the laws of the spiritual world by giving us context with the physical laws of the universe?

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So consider this today.

What if that thing you’re praying about and going to God about, that doesn’t seem to be changing (or is getting worse), is because you have not been obedient to God?

I’m not suggesting this is the case in every situation.
Sometimes, life just happens and it sucks.

But sometimes, I suspect there are spiritual laws at work that are dependent on our obedience to God.

Questions for Reflection/Action Steps

  1. What is something God has asked you to do or not do that you’ve hardened your heart against?
  2. What can you do today to start taking steps toward what he has asked of you?

Prayer

God, I want to be better at listening to your voice.
Not just hearing it, but doing what you ask.
Please give me the ears to hear and the courage to do what you ask me to do.

I know you’ve asked me to ______________, but it’s hard for me.
Truth be told, I don’t want to.
Please give me the desire to want to be obedient to you.
Then help me submit to your will.

I want to know you more.

Amen.

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