Below is an excerpt from this week’s Agape Meditation Newsletter – supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church:
The first reaction to God’s voice is almost always RESISTANCE.
This week’s Psalm speaks to this truth and uses the Israelite’s journey through the desert as a metaphor for this process. Liberated from a life of slavery, do the Israelites celebrate and look forward to their new life in the promise land with joyful hopefulness? No….they whine, complain and argue. They even go so far as to say they would have been better off if they’d stayed in Egypt. SIGH! This is how we are. We have an opportunity to leave behind a life that is too small for us….and then we ask for our small life back.
In response to this very human response to growth, the psalmist PLEADS with us:
If today your hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.
How are you being called to listen to God’s voice and how are you invited to recognize resistance when it arises and meet it with an open heart instead?
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