Welcome to Maranatha blogs where we search the heart of God for us. Life can become difficult sometimes but there’s always an instruction to be heard with listening ears.
I’ve been observing for a while the kind of thing that happens when I go to pay my internet bill. The line builds up and the wait is about two hours long. In this wait I’ve observed so many things about people. The one that sticks out to me the most is the order of the line. The line stretches really far. Around the area, there are a few chairs for sitting.
Often while tired from the long wait some persons would remove from their space in the line to sit in these seats. This causes an issue most times. You’ll think they’ll learn and not do that, nope. New persons would walk in and not know what’s going. The sitters would have such an attitude for their spot as if the new people will know when they’ve just walked in. Can you imagine enduring a standing position for about two hours just to have someone cut in front of you? You could only imagine why fights break out sometimes. I’ve never seen it become physical thank God. It’s always an intense high pitched quarrel which draws everyone’s attention. Sometimes I myself have the urge to sit but I always stand for however long. I’m too awkward to have the bravery to do so.
As I left the crowded place this scenario stayed in my heart. I felt a little irritated on the inside. I was just wondering, well why can’t everyone just stand in the line to wait their turn? No, there weren’t any older folks around. There’s usually a shorter line to avoid them this high level of stress.
This example is very synonymous with our reality. It was life in plain sight. It shows exactly what happens when we go the straight way without diversions to ease ourselves some discomfort or to enjoy pleasure; we reach our ultimate goals in life (which would be the cashier here). This example also shows what happens when one falls out of line on the journey to an ultimate end, inevitable conflict. There’s a great gamble in these grey areas. We can jacket this as the height of risk taking. The gamble of having to cut across just to get to the straight path again not knowing what will explode before getting there.
I’d liken this onto our ability to obey God and his instructions to us. Sometimes we hear God, or we’re witnessed onto by some part of the scripture. We just know where God is pointing us towards but we want to go where the comfort is or our desires are. The heart of God is for us to listen in obedience. To follow his will.
The simple word for today is listen. The price to pay, the inconveniences of “our own way” is not worth the aftermath. Listen. When we listen we come into alignment with God’s plan.
God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
G. M. Williams
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