by Dr. Charles Stanley
Failing to Listen to God
When the Lord speaks to us, He expects that we will hear Him and keep His words in the forefront of our minds so that we will live by them. Adam and Eve’s example
shows some key consequences of failing to listen to God:
1) We can pay attention to wrong voices. The serpent approached Eve and asked what God had said. Instead of questioning his motives, she took his request at face value and engaged in a conversation with him. She gave the serpent her time and attention, and she also listened when he gave a new interpretation of God’s words. Hearing this new idea pleased both Adam and Eve, so they closed their ears to God’s warning and ate the fruit. They heeded the wrong voice.
2) We can be easily deceived. Satan, who by his very nature is a deceiver and a liar, approached Adam and Eve in the garden with the purpose of tricking them. His speech implied, “You do not have the full picture. I know what God said, but there is more to the story. Listen to me.” If we don’t have a firm grasp of biblical truths, we are in danger of being misled.
3) We can act with independence and pride. Faced with the temptation, first Eve and then Adam disregarded God’s warning—“ you will surely die”—and followed their own desires. When we choose to sin, we are acting independently of God’s will and declaring that we are in charge, which is a form of pride.
Failing to heed God’s instructions can have serious outcomes. Listen carefully when the Spirit speaks.
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