The responsibility we have as believers is not just to hear His voice, but to obey as well. Our spiritual and physical well being is tied tightly to the cords of hearing and obeying. Let us consider Luke 6: 47-49 " And why call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 48 Whosoever comes to me and hears my sayings and obeys them, I will show you to who he is like: He is like a man which built his house, and digged deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose the stream beat vehemently upon that house and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock. 49 but he that hears and does not obey is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great."
Jesus ties true Lordship to obedience. He asks a very poignant question, and I paraphrase: If you are not going to obey me, why trouble yourself in calling me Lord? The title "Lord" indicates complete submission and rapid response. The blessing is in hearing and obey. Sometimes we "obey" before we hear. Acting out of our own logical reasonings is a prescription for ruin. We are admonished in Proverbs to "...lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." Our obedience must be birthed from time spent listening to His voice, His directions are the best. And sometimes we correctly hear, but we do not obey. Perhaps, this is worse than "obeying" without hearing first. For "to him that knows to do right and does not do it, it is sin." (James 4:17) Hearing and obeying reaps the richest rewards as the Lord promises in the parable of the man who constructed his house (his life) upon the rock, the Almighty: " Psalms 78:35, ' And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their redeemer.'"
When we build our lives upon the Rock we will not be destroyed by the storms of life. The word picture the Lord painted was very vivid: floods of pain, rising waters of despair and destruction, the winds of adversity assailing the structure to shake it to pieces. However, the house, read: the life, that is securely founded on the Rock is able to withstand the strongest attempts of satan to sabotage our well being. In contrast, the man who refuses to hear and obey is pictured as the man who takes no regard upon what kind of foundation he builds his life. Indifference and/or rebellion place this house on "shaky" ground. So much so, that when the angry streams of life beat vehemently upon the house it is destroyed for lack of a solid foundation: hearing and obeying.
Deut. 15: 4-5 " ...for the Lord thy God will greatly bless you in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it: Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day."
Deut. 28: 2 ..." And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God."
Jeremiah 7:23..." but this thing I did command them; Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people, and walk in the whole way that I commanded you, that it may be well with you."
Luke 8:32:..." My mother and my brethren are these which hear the Word of God and obey it." Jesus Christ.
Matt. 7: 21...Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Jesus Christ.
Let us secure our future and the future of our children by building our lives on the foundation of hearing and obeying the voice of our Lord. Amen.