The LORD said, ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people’ (Jer 7:23)
To obey God’s voice, I must hear God’s voice, which implies I must be listening. If my day is filled with activity, when do I stop? How could I hear? For our physical and spiritual wellbeing, we each need to cultivate or make time – for space, for reflection, for prayer. Then, I am most likely to hear God’s voice. We also have a choice: do I obey God’s voice or do I make my own way? In my experience, it isn’t about ignoring God’s voice as much as not making space in my life to hear it.
When I obey God’s voice, I behave in a whole and wholesome manner. I am concerned for others in need, near and far. I am loving and compassionate. I approach life as the ridiculously beautiful and gobsmackingly wonderful gift that it is from the God who loved and continues to love me into life. This makes us happy. This is good news. This is what we want for our young people.
Have a great week!