Listen · Obedience · The Journey

The Journey Readings: Week 118… and listening to Him…

I spoke to you in your [times of] prosperity, but you said,
I will not listen! This has been your attitude from your youth;
you have not obeyed My voice.
Jeremiah 22:21 Amp
God… He spoke to the Israelites when things were good… but they would not listen…
Are we really any different…?
How often do we ignore God’s Word…? when things are good…? only running to Him when things are falling apart…?
He’s always speaking to us…
most of us have easy access to His Word…
yet… we choose not to listen… obey… even seek…
when we think we have things under control…
What an arrogant sinful attitude…!
We need to recognize Him in our prosperity… as well as our trials…
We need to listen and obey… ALWAYS…
He is our Creator…
all we have and are comes from Him…
For sure… those of us who call ourselves Believers…
need to pour out our lives for Him…
as He poured His out for us…
The Israelite’s greatest sin…?
They refused to listen to Him…
They followed their own hearts…
their own understanding…
They followed the ways of the world…
walking both sides of the fence…
But to God… that’s idolatry… sinful rebellion…
leading us… down a road to destruction…
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land. …”
Jeremiah 17:5-6 ESV
To think we have things under control without Him…
to think we can make a way for ourselves in this world…
is foolishness…
To turn from Him… to walk our own way… is to invite disaster…
There is enough brokenness in the world to cause us trouble…
why would we want to cause trouble for ourselves…?
Listening to Him…
obeying Him…
trusting Him…
is the way to ensure His blessing…
no matter what circumstances may come…
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV
Open your Bible this week…
spend some time listening to Him…

This week’s readings…
Monday             Jeremiah 26
Tuesday             Jeremiah 27-28
Wednesday        Jeremiah 29
Thursday           Jeremiah 30
Friday               Jeremiah 31:1 – 32:15

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