Every parent knows the feeling… You’ve done your best to warn them! You’ve urged them not to attempt a particular activity – they’re not ready for it yet. You’ve told them to stay away from something that was dangerous. And they do it anyway! And the result is a mess, a crisis, or worse! Imagine how our Heavenly Father must feel sometimes!!! I thought about that as I read these words from Psalm 81 this morning (spoken to “the Children of Israel” but certainly applicable to us all!!)
“In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you… Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me! But my people would not listen to me; they would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. IF MY PEOPLE WOULD ONLY LISTEN TO ME, IF THEY WOULD ONLY FOLLOW MY WAYS, HOW QUICKLY I WOULD SUBDUE THEIR ENEMIES AND TURN MY HAND AGAINST THEIR FOES!” (from Psalm 81 NIV)
I want to listen to my Heavenly Father! I want to heed His voice! Think it will help me stay out of BIG TROUBLE!!