Do we REALLY want to HEAR God speak? HOW MUCH do we really want to hear Him? Is there any price we wouldn’t pay to hear God actually speak to us? I mean–we pay a lot of money to hear famous, smart people speak—right? Yet–He knows everything: The future, what is in the heart of every person, the answer to every problem, etc.—so what’s our price to hear Him speak? Is there anything more valuable to us than experiencing the vast and wonderful Presence of Omniscient, Omnipotent and eternally loving God? My personal answer to that question is pitifully shameful! My price to forfeit God’s presence boils down to two things—my sin and my own will! When we’ve experienced His Presence, we find it is most powerful when we’re surrendered to His will and have forsaken our sin. So–is our sinful way so valuable to us that we would forfeit having the kind of relationship with God where we can actually HEAR Him speak??? Are we so deluded that we believe our way is better than His Presence? Yesterday I made a decision to do something wrong and I immediately felt a cold draft blow in and distance me from the warmth, wisdom and power of His Spirit. That choice was NOT worth the forfeiture of God’s Presence! EACH of our choices DO matter to God—what we wear, the tone of our voice, the words we choose, the places we go, what we allow into our eyes, ears and minds—because they either separate us from God or draw us closer to Him. Even “neutral” actions separate us from Him if we’re not doing them in His timing. He knows more than we do, He loves us more than we love ourselves and He is more powerful than anyone else we know. Following our way reflects our profound ignorance of God and/or our foolish pride. His promise is: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”(‭Psa. ‭32:8-11‬)