Summary: Blessings in our life start with us listening to the voice of God!
Judges 2:17”………….they would not listen to their judges…….”
Believe me, I listened to a lady’s grievances for not less than a hour and half and towards the end when I asked her to listen to me for two minutes, she had no patience to listen to me – she rebelled and disrupted me. She had narrated her woes starting from her childhood and expected answers in a jiffy; we want solutions like two minute noodles – don’t we? To put it in a nutshell: we don’t want to listen to advices, corrections, instructions but we want remedies!
After the death of Joshua and the leaders connected to Joshua, there was desperate dearth for ‘godly teachings’ and hence there arose a generation that did not know the Lord. Judges 2:10”When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.” Are you listening? We live in that era now! Ready-get-set-Go era! We have parents who do not follow the Lord but they follow the norms of the world and thereby we have a bunch of unruly kids who refuse to listen! The children of Eli the priest were into abominable sins of lust and corruption while inside the temple, because they did not know the Lord. Father Eli is to be blamed for the mayhem in the family! We buy our kids the best nutritious food and put them in ace schools but alas Bible and God have been shelved away! Parents are you listening to me? Proverbs 19:20 “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.”
The Facebook wall post says, ‘rules are to be broken’, ‘we don’t listen’ and so on…..Since Bibles and prayer were removed from the schools of Western countries guns and condoms have found place inside school bags. Are you listening? The first thing that I teach my ‘Abide School’ kids is to pray and memorize Bible scriptures; God has been sending me children who had got addicted to alcohol and gambling at a tender age of ten and here along with academic and spiritual training, we also prayerfully help kids in rehabilitating them. Nurturing the children in the way of the Lord is prime aim of our school!
The book of Judges has repetitive account of people disobeying the Judges appointed for them and thereby they fall into the hands of enemies. My dear friends, there is no ‘mantra’ for success except to listen, obey, pray and read His Word. If you have not started yet, do it right away! God would surely change your sorrow to joy and your tears to cheers! Amen.
Do not despise correction! The Bible says: Proverbs 15:10”Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.” If God has sent someone into your life to speak to you and straighten out your crooked lives, don’t rebel but listen. I stress on my church members coming to church on time, listening attentively in the church and following the Bible during sermon time.