Judging God Rather Than Listening

Judging God with My Opinions

Another judgment and opinion that thwarts my life is my opinion of God. These judgments of God usually erupt out of disappointing circumstances. God didn’t come through like I thought He would, or He failed to be who I thought He should be. This is disastrous and equally as destructive to our lives. Remember, my life is to be lived listening not reacting. Even though it is tempting to carry opinions about how things should be, from beginning to end, Jesus defines my life and His Life in me.

My Opinions of God

My Opinions of God
We have all been disappointed in God. And some of us have become bitter with Him for not coming through as we thought He should. Oddly He allows this insubordination for a season. But if we are to see the Victorious Life of Christ and His everlasting Kingdom we have to place our faith in His Life and character. The Father is absolute goodness, and His choices are perfect for me.

Remember the one talent servant who buried his talent, maintaining his opinion of the master? His opinions tempted him to hide his talent and he missed the whole experience of Life. I too can lose my Life if I proceed down the path of suspicious opinions and discontent.

Darkness was where this servant hid his talent and to outer darkness he was exiled in the end. The one talent servant was tied hand and foot and banished into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. This makes my knees weak. To maintain opinions unworthy of the Lord makes me a prisoner here and in the hereafter.

Live Listening for My Opinions

Live Listening for My Opinions
My life is to be lived listening. I have to listen to the Father about you, me, and most importantly, Him. My opinions are simply defining what I will believe and put my faith in. The willful independence of thinking on my own has always earned me the same consequences as those received in the Garden—separation from God.

I am not speaking in any of these posts as if I have not been guilty, for I have. But what I do purpose is to live listening, not forming opinions. There are far too many aspects and nuances to this life to think I know. There is only One who knows the beginning and end and every point in between. As I stated in the first of this series of posts, opinions are imprisoning. My opinions wall me in to myself and off from the mind of God. The great “I KNOW” has never worked, but surrendering to the Great I AM is Life, Wisdom and True Knowledge.

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    • tammy

      “The Father is absolute goodness, and His choices are perfect for me.”
      And because His Word says so; “…No one is good but One, that is, God.” Mark 10:18 NKJV
      I am able to;
      “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
      He is ever faithful to prove Himself True!

      • John Enslow

        Amen Tammy! The goodness of God not only leads me to repentance, but also settles my heart and brings me rejoicing that He is sovereign and is enacting His plan now and always. Love you!

    • Bruce Dickey

      I so much enjoy your ponderings John. These were mine as I read yours…

      “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”

      The listening ear hears; and God finds AGREEMENT in those who TRUST Him.
      We are to RESPOND to His heart, not REACT from our own.
      We are to DECLARE on Earth what we SEE in the Heavenly, i.e. in His presence.

      • shulamite

        Wonderful Bruce. Thank you for including your ponderings. Bless you!

    • Pauline

      Thank you, John. Good reminder to take our thoughts captive — “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2Cor 10:5 — This is where I want to live today (all the time, of course, but today is challenge enough).
      I find in my workplace, this lie of “your opinion matters” is very prevalent — no, it doesn’t matter; in the end it’s just “my” opinion.
      But the place I have to fight, John, to die to my opinion is at Bible study or even in this blog: (spoken subtly or indirectly) “I” think it’s because… “I” believe this means… “I” see it a different way (meaning, ‘you’re wrong’), etc. Stephen’s finishing his cataract surgery tomorrow, but I’m the one with the “I” problem.
      Remember, John, the teaching Martha gave on Mary and Martha? (Marys Who Loved Jesus?) Martha [MK] was showing that Martha’s interaction with Jesus, in the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead, included three “I know”s to Jesus. And Martha [MK] said that “whenever you say ‘I know,’ that’s all you’re going to know.” You won’t hear anything else because — you know.
      “. . . lived listening.” Yes!

      • shulamite

        Oh that’s a wonderful scripture to pair with this post. Thank you! Opinions are just death aren’t they. And oddly, opinions place me in bondage as well as others around me. The mind of Christ is the Voice I want to hear. Love you!

      • shulamite

        Thank you Ulrike! Yes I liked it very much. Thank you for sharing and for reading the blog. Hope to hear from you in the future. Bless you!

        • Ulrike

          Thank you John, for your kind invitation. Your words(in the blog)come out of your experience, and it is a profound life with our Lord Jesus, that you share with us here. Therefore they can reach my heart, the listening is my deep desire as well, along with all the struggling! So thank you again for being so open and so honest!
          Bless you!

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