April 27, 2018

Psalm 38:13–16 (NLT) — 13 But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak. 14 I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply. 15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God. 16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.”

We had a game that we played in youth group when I was their pastor called, “Listen to the voice of your guide”. We would pick two people to be team. One would be blindfolded and the other one would be the guide. The was to talk the person through a maze that we had created with chairs, tables, basketballs, trash cans etc. In order to make it through maze the blindfolded person had to listen only to the voice of his or her guide. To make it interesting the rest of the youth group could also shout instructions like turn left, stop, go right, back up etc. With all the voices shouting it made it difficult for the blindfolded person to hear the voice of the guide, so the person really had to know the guides voice to be able to make it through the maze.

Life  is kind of like a maze. We need a guide so that we do not crash and burn. In Psalm 38 David is going through this ‘life maze’. He is hearing all kinds of voices yelling, hollering and threatening him. He knows if he is going to get through this ‘maze’ in his life that he is going to have to have a guide and listen to the voice of that guide.

Of course God is the only one who knows how to navigate the maze of life and David also knows this and so we hear him say, “I choose  to hear nothing but am waiting for you to speak to me Lord. ” So we must do the same if we are going to make it through the ‘maze’ of life without crashing and burning.

Well God has spoken to us through his Son Jesus. Remember Jesus is the Word of God. The scriptures are the inspired word of God. As we listen to them we are listening to Jesus.

John 1:1 (NLT) — 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Hebrews 1:1–3 (NLT) — 1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

Now starting with Eve and going down through all of history people crash and burn when they let voices other than God’s voice guide them. People forget that the Ten Commandments were the voice of God. Why is God not being honored today > because we haven’t listened to his voice. Why is there dishonoring of parents, adultery, lying, stealing, murder, coveting and all the other ills and illnesses in society? That’s right > because we haven’t listened to the voice of God. Things may look bleak to our human eyes but what does God say?

Circumstances may not be what we had hoped for and we begin to look for a way out or we grumble and complain but what does God say? A non-Christian may look like marriage material to a Christian but what does God say? In fact one young gal said recently that she was tired of waiting for God to bring a guy into her life so she was going to date this non-Christian guy that had been asking her out. Do you think she will get through the ‘maze’.

Abortion may not be illegal but what does God say? Somebody may do harm to us so much so that we want to retaliate but what does God say? We might look at someone and think that we are better than they are but what does God say? Banks are always willing to loan us money but what does God say? Yes I can afford to buy that new car but what is God saying to me? It is acceptable in our society to work on Sunday and in some occupations it is definitely necessary but what is God saying to you? In the area of eating and drinking, which is acceptable, what is God saying to you?

Exodus 15:26 (NLT) — 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”

1 Kings 20:36 (NLT) — 36 Then the prophet told him, “Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, a lion will kill you as soon as you leave me.” And when he had gone, a lion did attack and kill him.

Psalm 29:7–9 (NLT) — 7 The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. 8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

Do you shout “Glory” when you hear the voice of God in scripture even when it goes against your fleshly desires? Like David in Psalm 38 you have a lot of voices speaking to you. Are you spending sufficient time with the Lord in his word, in prayer, in contemplation so that you can recognize his voice? Only then will you be able to successfully navigate through the ‘maze of life’ and not crash and burn.

Isaiah 30:21 (NLT) — 21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.

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