“I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.” (Hebrews 5: 11-14)
I’ve been reading through Hebrews. I chuckled when I read that first line above in the Message translation. The tone struck me as one an exasperated parent might use on their child who they’ve asked for the hundredth time to PLEASE take out the trash. Or perhaps the tone you would hear used on a teenager who has been sent to the principal’s office, yet again, for unruly conduct.
And then I remembered. The author of Hebrews is talking to a bunch of unruly kids who seem to struggle with some form of ADD. I laughed* when I read the statement not because it was funny but because it is such an accurate description of us, God’s children, attempting to “work out our faith with fear and trembling.”
*(And yes, I do have a bad habit of letting out nervous little laughs when a message hits too close to home.)
The bad habit of not listening.
I was a pretty good listener when it came to following the advice of my earthly parents. With the exception of one piece of brilliant advice I received from my dad which I chose to ignore. “If you don’t start you’ll never have to stop.” In hindsight, knowing my family’s history with alcohol… I really should listened to that one! Thank God for grace and second chances!
But overall, it’s been my heavenly Father’s voice who I’ve been inclined to turn down the volume. There was a season in my life when this bad habit of not listening to Him landed me on paths I never thought I would end up on. It was as if God said those words to me I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening.
One day, my Child, you will be ready to listen to me. And, I’ll be waiting right here, right here on the path where you left Me. Right here where you chose to let go of My hand and attempt to navigate this life and this world on your own.
My precious, precious Child, I promised I would never leave you…no matter how many wrong turns and poor choices you made. I keep my promises. I’ll be waiting for you with open arms.
Today, my desire is to keep the volume turned way up. Some days, I fail…and my stubbornness battles to control the dial that guides me through life. But today, I know I have a choice every step of the way. I can choose, at this very moment, to stop and, once again, listen closely to His voice.
Is there an area in your life where you have turned the volume down?
Choose right now to crank it up and listen closely to the rhythms of His grace!
(Okay, so now I’m going to have Gloria Estafan’s “Rhythm is Going Get You” stuck in my head all day!)