This week’s question: “Why should we think that we should listen to God?”
Well, here’s another very important question – a foundational question, because if we don’t think that we should listen to God (if we don’t desire to hear His Voice), then we’ll never get our lives off the ground. So, as always, thanks for asking!
Your question is the one that comes before: How can/should we listen to God? So, I won’t tackle that second question here (although if someone would be wise enough to ask, I’d happily take it up in another issue). Your question (which is now our question) is: Why? Why listen to God?
Let’s begin with the negative: Why not? What is our life like if we do not listen to God? Presupposing that God is real, that He loves us, and that He speaks, (Wow, look! Another 3 questions for someone to ask!) then to not listen to Him would be utter foolishness. It would be like trying to assemble a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle without ever looking at the box top to get a glimpse of what the finished product is supposed to look like. Without listening to God, we quickly become discouraged, lose interest, and ultimately fail in the only thing that finally matters in life (that is, life itself).
Now for the positive: Why listen to God. First of all, because God is real. Secondly, God loves you. He not only knows you better than you know yourself, but He wants the best for you. Thirdly, God speaks. Not only has God “in many and various ways spoken of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days, He has spoken to us by a Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2), Jesus Christ – Who is the Word of God. God speaks to you through His created universe (our Sister Nature), God speaks to you through His revealed word in the Bible, God speaks to you through the teachings of His Church which He established, God speaks to you in the silence of your heart – in your conscience.
Now, if a fool or an evil man speaks to you, you would be wise to pay him no heed. But if Wisdom and Truth and Goodness and Beauty (and that’s Who Jesus Is) speaks to you, you would be wise to listen attentively – for He brings Good News to the poor; to the prisoner, He brings the Word of freedom; and to the sorrowful of heart, Joy.
Wow, there’s a lot more that could be said here, but I wouldn’t want to go on much more, for fear that in listening to me, you might lose time for listening to God! Thanks for another great question, and, as always, if you have another way of looking at this or other questions of our Faith, please post them on our “Three Parish Catholic Family” Facebook page. May God bless you and your loved ones as we begin this year’s Lenten Season!