If you have read the Old Testament you will know that most of the time people disobeyed God. You may wonder why people didn’t learn their lesson and continued disobeying God even after seeing what could happen to them. But this is where not listening becomes interesting.
Often we all only half listen when someone tries to tell us something. You will always pay better attention if you actually care about what people are saying. But on most occasions, you will barely hear what others are saying. This may be the same way you treat God on some occasions. You may half hear what he is saying and then claim to be obeying him while doing exactly what you want to do. If you are only hearing half of what is being said, there is absolutely no way in which you can know exactly what you are supposed to do. So you’re off to a bad start anyway.
The first thing which you need to do here is clean out your mind and pull yourself down from your high horse. Live a good life and clear out unnecessary things around you. If you do not, you will suffer for it as well. If you do not pay attention to the Lord’s instructions, you will certainly miss out on some details. You may do half of what he is saying and that is always a recipe for trouble.
You will have to do a lot better than simply being good at not listening. You will need to be able to listen carefully and obey the Lord to the best of your ability. The Lord doesn’t give instructions so we can disobey them. If you want to have a life that is successful, learning how to listen is going to have a very important role to play.