Listening or Not?

May 26, 2020

Word of the day: 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. John 9:31 NIV

Meditation: Give yourself time to reflect on your past for a moment. Has God listened to you? How do you know? If he hasn’t listened, what can you do to hear him? If you believe he hears you, what can you do to improve your relationship with him and monitor?

Discussion Board: God has his way of getting our attention. It takes quiet time to understand this. Where do you stand in your relationship with God? Is he answering your prayers as requested? Or do you feel he is ignoring you? Let’s talk Sodom and Gomorrah for a minute. God was speaking to Sodom and Gomorrah, but no one was listening. No one wanted to be righteous. Abraham did everything he could to save the wicked people. God agreed to spare the entire city if ten honest people lived there. God also showed mercy towards Lot. Lot is the only person that had some sort of relationship with God. God shows patience towards Lot. God is fair towards Sodom and Gomorrah, even though many people do not believe he was. For many years, there are temptations, a sin that went through, and people talk about God being unfair? Is it fair when we are not quiet? God’s attention is more on the righteous and the cries. When we go against God, we won’t get answers. The way to get back on the right track is confession. We can’t hide our sins from God, so it’s better if you are honest. That is an insult to God to think you can hide. When Sodom and Gomorrah lived their wicked ways, they were not careful of the words that came out of them. They expressed their thoughts without weighing out how it affects others. Sodom and Gomorrah weren’t thinking of God, which is why God destroyed it for failure to acknowledge wickedness. Confession is essential to stay with God. Prayer first, if you don’t feel forgiven, then communion is the next best option.

Takeaway: To be faithful to God, we must stick close to him when sin and temptation hint at us. If we fail at it, confess it. It’s better than hiding. You can’t hide your wickedness and expect God not to know about it. You are better off confessing and let him in your heart to help you. We can’t ignore God’s patience when we are trying to turn ourselves around. What are your takeaways?

Prayer: Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray we can get back on track when we are wrong. Let us stay with you when we are wrong. We can’t hide from you. Confessing is the best thing we can do to continue to have a healthy relationship with you. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!