Reflecting on God’s Word …

Refusing to listen . . .

Acts 7:37-43 NLT

“Moses himself told the people of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people.’ Moses was with our ancestors, the assembly of God’s people in the wilderness, when the angel spoke to him at Mount Sinai. And there Moses received life-giving words to pass on to us. “But our ancestors refused to listen to Moses. They rejected him and wanted to return to Egypt. They told Aaron, ‘Make us some gods who can lead us, for we don’t know what has become of this Moses, who brought us out of Egypt.’ So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and celebrated over this thing they had made. Then God turned away from them and abandoned them to serve the stars of heaven as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written, ‘Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during those forty years in the wilderness, Israel? No, you carried your pagan gods- the shrine of Molech, the star of your god Rephan, and the images you made to worship them. So I will send you into exile as far away as Babylon.’

Reflection . . .

One of the most difficult things to do is deal with people who refuse to listen, who refuse to accept what is really best for them. We all know people like that.

One of the great challenges for us as Christians is to follow the Lord’s leading, hear His voice. We, like God’s people in the Old Testament, have the tendency to revert to what we know, what feels comfortable and easy, even if it is to our detriment. Take a few moments to pray this prayer:

FATHER, thank you for the gift of being able to enter your house and worship at your temple every day. I ask you to lead me down right paths and to show me which way to turn. Thank you for protecting me from my enemies. You and you alone deliver me from them! Thank you for surrounding me with the shield of your love and favor.1 Amen.

Video – Speak, O Lord

1 Praying Through the Bible, January 5, The Favor of the Lord.