Just listen to God- In His Word-5-7-18

Just Listen to God; In His Word

When my son was small he made up a song from the scripture that said; listen to God. I try to remember it when things in life try to pull me down in to frustration and despair. God wants me to set my mind on things above; not on messes below. Who knew that I child’s made up song could influence an attitude 23 years later! 


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy[ awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. Hebrews 12: 1-4

Some days we wake up to find things not as they were when we went to sleep. Perhaps it is a pile of dishes in the sink, or maybe someone left something out on the counter and the ants came marching. Sometimes you could even find that people came in the door dropped their things and just left them where they fell after school on Friday and Saturday morning you arise thinking all will be great for an enjoyable day; but no. There is always something to do.

Maybe you left work with nothing on your desk, there were no ‘to be done yesterday’ files on your pile and you imagined Monday morning would be a breeze today; but no. You find a stack of items to be dealt with right away as soon as you put your brief case down you just want to go back home? Someone else decided that you had to do more work Monday than you had planned and things are already getting to you.

Paul tells us not to give up. You can get through that pile of work, either at home or at the office today. He and I want you to know there is hope that things will get done and you will get home to your peaceful happy place and enjoy time alone or with your family. This too shall pass!

Do not give up and do not give in to complaining and arguing when you get upset by other people’s actions. Do not allow others behaviors to pull you into the mud!

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In an old western, in fact it seems like back in the 70’s there were a lot of the same type of scenes; someone would get stuck in quick sand.

The thing we learned watching them was that if you struggled you would sink further down. Often times the person in the quick sand would throw such a fit that a friend would try to lean over and pull them out with their hands…you know where that went. The friend would end up in there with them. The thing was if they remained calm in the mess and listen to the instructions; the hero could hand them a branch or a rope to pull them gently out. They would climb out a bit messy but alive just the same.

First let’s look at the flailing we could do in our lives; do we sink or do we wait patiently? Personally I have a bad habit of flailing first!  I struggle to get out of the mess, and admittedly I complain about it mostly to God, but just the same its complaining about the mess someone else got me into. Even though that may be the case, the fact is the quick sand will pull me in if I allow it to!

 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Hebrews 12:12-14

Sometimes we just need to get a grip!

We need to realize that the rescue will come either by a branch or a rope, someone will pull us out. We need to not get upset when things do not stay the way we intended them to be. We live in a world of fallible humans. We all make mistakes, do the wrong things at times, and even fail to think of the mess we are leaving for others at times.

Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.  Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.  Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears. Hebrews 12:14-17

We just need to work harder at the living at peace with others part occasionally. After all we do not want to build a wall of bitterness; we need to be able to forgive and get on with our day, or our lives. Just as God will reward us for loving one another, He will also encourage us to live at peace with others, and maybe we will even find a way to enjoy it!

Sometimes we just need to accept the things we cannot change and work to change the things we can.

When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also. This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire. Hebrews 12:26-29

We need to stand with Him, knowing that the piles we have to tackle today are not just work, but they are lessons, they are creating in us a heart that will not be shaken and we will not be caused to stumble because He I with us. Let’s put on the worship music today or play our digital Bible scriptures and enjoy the Word with Him. Then when the things of earth get us all jumbled up inside with frustration we an release that to God and let Him help us see the way to peace again.

Thank you heavenly Father for showing us the way to peace was in your Word today. Help us to listen to Your still small voice that seems to speak louder than the mess we have to deal; thank you for giving us ears to hear what Your Spirit is saying to our hearts. In Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading Hebrews 12:1-29 , Hebrews 13:1-25, James 1:1-27, and James 2:1-26