25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
God doesn’t waste words. When He speaks, He says what He means and it is always important. He has our best interest in mind always so we can trust that His direction for us is true and good. And the consequences for not listening to God’s voice are heavy. So, with of this as motivation, why do we struggle so to pay attention when He speaks to us?
I believe that God is speaking to us far more than we acknowledge. I have noticed that when I am looking for Him, He is all around me. When I am listening for His voice, He speaks loud and clear. He communicates to us through His Word. He talks to us in a song. His voice can be heard in the wise counsel of a friend. I hear Him speak through the pastor on Sunday morning. The problem is not that God isn’t speaking.
If I focus on hearing God’s voice, I will hear Him speak to me. Whether it is that still small voice that wells up inside of me when I ask for direction or discernment. Or the abounding love I feel when I am deep in worship. I hear Him. When I am still and wait in silence. I hear Him. When my heart is troubled and I can’t sleep. I call to Him and He answers me. So, the problem is not that I can’t hear when He speaks.
The problem is not that He doesn’t speak, and the problem isn’t even that I don’t hear Him, the problem is that I don’t trust Him. I don’t trust that His ways are best. I don’t trust that He really loves me. I fear that I’ll fail when I follow His voice. I fear to give up what is comfortable, what I am in control of. When I really look at listening to God, I have to admit that I all too often don’t trust what He says.
Do you know that God has never failed to fulfill a promise? Can I let you in on a little secret, He never lies. Are you aware that His love for you is higher than the heavens? The only One who I really can trust with everything is God. God is good, all the time!