The High Cost of Not Listening

April 9, 2019 | 0 comments

Tags: 33-The Series, John Guerra, blog, First Baptist Sanger

A wife texted her husband on a cold winter's morning: "Windows frozen." Her husband texts back: "Pour some lukewarm water over it." The wife texts back five minutes later: "Computer completely messed up now."

 “For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’”   Matthew 13:15 NKJV

 I’m probably the only one that feels this way, but sometimes it seems like when I open my mouth, ears are closing up shop, like I’m Charlie Brown’s teacher: “Wah, wah, wah, wah.” And I just love the times when I’m totally misunderstood. I’m sure that most of the time, I just didn’t communicate very well, but sometimes it’s because someone wasn’t listening. But, imagine how the Lord feels when He is ignored and misunderstood because we’re not listening. 

 

Some of us may be missing the joy of the Lord as sin has caused our hearts to grow dull because we’ve opened it up to things other than God. Our eyes are blind because we’ve been focused on our wants and way. Our ears are deaf because we’ve been listening to the world. Could it be that our hearts are hard and cold and away from God because someone hurt our feelings or we had a disagreement or we felt ignored? We don’t want to worship or we feel like we can’t worship because of the heaviness of our hearts. So, what do we do? Just own it! Confess it and decide that we want our eyes and ears opened!

 Decide that we so badly want to follow the Lord and hear His voice that we will push through worship until we experience the Lord’s healing! He will soften our hearts. He will open our eyes and ears! Maybe we need to push through forgiving someone or being forgiven. Maybe there’s sin in your life that’s deafening and so blinding that is has broken fellowship with God. Own it, confess it and  push through it. Then, ask the Lord to bring back the joy of your salvation… He will!

 

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