71 Listening Obedience

Here is the third secret to finding humility:  Listening obedience.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes… Proverbs 3:5-7

In our perfectionism we want to figure out The Right Course.  We want to do the right thing at the right time.  We use our knowledge, understanding and analytical skill to conclude what is right for any given situation in which we find ourselves.  However, our finite minds cannot know every applicable factor of every decision in every situation needed to resolve the difficult problems we face.  We cannot always analyze ourselves into the right path (road or way).  The Pharisees and Herodians tried to catch Jesus in His words, even though they knew that He was a man of integrity, not swayed by men nor paying attention to who they were.  They knew Jesus taught the way of God in accordance with the Truth. (Mark 12:13-14)  He is The Way.  Rather than solely using our own mental ability to make decisions, we need to listen, put our trust in and obey what we hear from Him.  Remember, He
is our Great Shepherd.  Listen and follow Him. (John 10:11, 14-16)

This listening and obeying requires humility.  In doing this we put more weight on God’s words to us rather than our own thoughts.  We naturally tend to give weight to our own thoughts while simultaneously discounting what Jesus speaks to our hearts.  We want what we want when we want it.  This often springs from wounded places in our hearts which entangles us with the flesh.

We need to let go of our natural tendency to put our voice above God’s.  Instead, we need to focus on our Shepherd.  This feels humbling. Really, though, we can’t escape being humbled.  It is better to humble ourselves rather than to be humbled.

Listening obedience requires discernment to enable us to distinguish who is speaking to us at any given moment.  The enemy masquerades his voice as the voice of God and constantly accuses and harasses us.  This is the very thing that gives him away, though.  Moreover, we need to keep in mind that when we try to listen to God we will “hear” thoughts from the world and our woundedness.  Familiarity with scripture and fellowship with other mature Christians can help us discern the voice of God from all the other voices in our lives.

A couple of days ago a friend of ours offered a great example of listening obedience.  Marguex had not been feeling well and it intensified on the weekend.  We had planned to have some friends over that day, this friend was among them.  We let them all know we couldn’t get together.  This friend decided to come over anyway.  She had heard, “What would you do if she was your sister?”  She brought over garlic, an avocado and two cooked corn-on-the-cobs.  This friend ministered empathy, friendship and prayer to us in a time of distress.  We enjoyed the food and were thoroughly blessed and our physical needs were met, as well.  Our friend listened to specific instructions from the Lord and obeyed.  For example, she bought and cooked two extra cobs of corn without even knowing why.  She obeyed the Lord’s command to love.

Learning humility in the obedience of others,

Noah Woodrich

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