The Problem of Ignoring God's Voice2
9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
In this week’s parable, Jesus is re-telling a thinly veiled version of the historical relationship between Israel and God’s prophets, aimed at the religious leaders in the audience.
Time and time again, God sent the prophets to re-direct a wandering people. Time and time again those prophets were not only ignored but they were beaten and abused.
This story would be an easy occasion for smug self-righteousness if it weren’t also most of our stories.
Throughout our lives, God sends opportunities our way to turn toward him, return to him, or re-direct our steps. Time and time again we ignore those opportunities, sometimes angrily pushing them away.
Some questions for you to consider today:
- What have God’s corrective calls in the past looked like in your life?
- What’s been your typical response to those corrections?
- Where you’ve ignored, pushed back, or played through God’s correctives what have been the consequences?
- What might it look like today to be freshly open to how God might want to direct or re-direct you?
Spend a few minutes thinking through each of the above questions. If you’re in a season of resisting God’s correction, embrace the opportunity today to repent of that behavior. If there are some un-resolved experiences in the recent (or even distant) past, take a moment to ask forgiveness. Pray for a fresh openness to God’s voice and leading, no matter where that leading might be taking you.