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Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Must I Listen?"

February 12, 2012

And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us and we will
hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
Exodus 20:19
We do not consciously disobey God, we simply do not heed Him. God has
given us His commands; there they are, but we do not pay any
attention to them, not because of wilful disobedience but because we
do not love and respect Him. "If ye love Me, ye will keep My
commandments." When once we realize that we have been "disrespecting"
God all the time, we are covered with shame and humiliation because
we have not heeded Him.
"Speak thou with us...but let not God speak with us." We show how
little we love God by preferring to listen to His servants only. We
like to listen to personal testimonies, but we do not desire that God
Himself should speak to us. Why are we so terrified lest God should
speak to us? Because we know that if God does speak, either the thing
must be done or we must tell God we will not obey Him. If it is only
the servant's voice we hear, we feel it is not imperative, we can
say, "Well, that is simply your own idea, though I don't deny it is
probably God's truth."
Am I putting God in the humiliating position of having treated me as
a child of His whilst all the time I have been ignoring Him? When I
do hear Him, the humiliation I have put on Him comes back on me -
"Lord, why was I so dull and so obstinate?" This is always the result
when once we do hear God. The real delight of hearing Him is tempered
with shame in having been so long in hearing Him.

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