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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dallas Willard - Hearing God Through the Year

God's Word Can Disturb Us
For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die." Deuteronomy 18:16

Perhaps we do not hear the voice of God because we know subconsciously that we intend to run our lives on our own. The voice of God would therefore be an unwelcome intrusion into our plans. His word might be a disturbing element into our lives, just as the Israelites believed that to hear the voice of God would bring death.

In How to Live, G. Campbell Morgan addresses the person who makes his own plans and lives where he pleases, never hearing God's disturbing voice: "You know no disturbing voice? God never points out for you a pathway altogether different from the one you had planned? Then, my brother, you are living still in the land of slavery, in the land of darkness."

In truth, when we welcome God's voice, we find ourselves enveloped in God's loving companionship.

REFLECT: In what areas of life do you wish that God would not disturb you by talking about it to you? Where do you wish God would leave well enough alone? How would your character have to change to welcome God's words in that area of life?
From <i>Hearing God Through the Year</i> by Dallas Willard. &copy;2004 by Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson. Published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved. No part may be reproduced without written permission from InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515 or Sent from the Hearing God Devotional. For devotionals like this one for your iPhone, visit us at

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Peace. David Cooke

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