We will apprehend our future by listening to and following God’s instructions. Like the Shunammite woman, when everyone around us is dying of famine, our future in God will still look good. She did what He asked of her in spite of any obstacles or fear.
Just hearing instruction does not help. Doing it does.
When we are struggling for an answer to a dilemma in our lives we won’t necessarily find the answer we need on our own. Because God has created us to need each other, people around us will often have the solutions that we are seeking. The key is for us to follow the instructions we are given. When we are the person through which God is trying to help someone else, we need to know that it is not only essential that we are setting the example of obeying God’s word ourselves, but also that it is important to invest our time and energy in the lives of people who want to follow His instructions. Many times we can be more interested in someone else’s well being than they are themselves. In that case we should release them to God, who loves them completely, and move on to the people around us who want to hear and follow His word to them.
Hearing the Lord’s instructions and choosing not to obey is a selfish choice because it also affects the people around us. When we continually choose not to listen to God it causes us to experience spiritual slumber and the new hearts that He has given us begin to close down.
The Kingdom of God is filled with the character of God and Jesus is always seeking to give us instructions on how to be more like Him.
There is no selfishness or pride in His kingdom, so if we spend our whole life making selfish decisions, when it comes time to die and go to heaven, we will probably not like it there very much. We are not free to spend our lives choosing our own way over God’s and then expect that when the time comes for us to meet Jesus we are suddenly going to want to do what He prefers instead of what we prefer.
Bad, or selfish choices have a detrimental affect on our hearts weakening them. Just as consistently making selfless choices to do things God’s way strengthens them.
- What is the last instruction that God gave you, and have you followed it? Spend some time thinking of things that the Lord has instructed you to do and write down how you followed through with them and the blessing it brought to others.
- Are there times that you made selfish choices rather than listen to God and it has adversely affected people around you? Receive God’s forgiveness, choose to forgive yourself, and move forward with a new determination to avoid selfish choices in the future.