Over the past few weeks, I have been pondering the verbs to choose and to listen. God tells us in Joshua 24:15 through the words of Joshua, “If you decide that it is a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve and do it today ....as for me and my family, we will worship God."
I also have heard in a sermon the message that if you choose not to worship God then you are choosing to worship another god. I believe the same is true with listening, I can choose to listen to God or choose not to listen to God. If I’m not listening to Him, then I’m listening to another god.
The wonderful thing is that God is always listening to me!!
I love to watch people, seeing them interacting, having a good time together. However, in my observations, I have also noticed that sometimes little children will look to their parents and their parents don’t notice them. The parent is involved in something else, and the child does not get the eye contact for which he or she is searching. The moment of connection the child is looking for is lost.
But this is not the case with our Heavenly Father. I John 5:15 tells us “And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.“ and in John 9:31 “ We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him.”
So again I come back to this one word choose. This verse in John lets us know that we can choose to be sinners or worshipers of God. And to choose to be a worshiper of God is to have the Heavenly Father always listening to you, always seeing you when you look to Him. But it is a choice and you have to choose.
~ Meet Dana Charbonneau ~
Dana Charbonneau has been married for 33 years to Edward. They have three wonderful grown children, and just recently their third grandchild was born. Dana was a special ed teacher for many years and now enjoys substituting in special education classes. Having moved 15 times in her life, she now especially enjoys sharing life with friends and family around the country.