If Only You Would Listen to Me!

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!!)

Sing for joy to God our strength!  Shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre! …  I heard an unknown voice say:  ‘I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.  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!!

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