The Passion for a Divine Hearing: 1Sam. 1:8-9
8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons? 9 So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord.
Do you pray just to cover your bases, while relying on a lot of other things? Or, are you convinced that the only real help you have is in God’s divine hearing? Too often, we will pray simply to cover the God base while looking for fulfillment in other places that are pragmatic ways of doing it ourselves.
Suppose I hired someone to paint my office. I went to a painting professional and said, “I want you to paint my office, because I trust you totally to do a good job. I want you to pick out colors and paint, and I know you will do great. I want you to begin on Monday.”
Monday comes and the painting professional comes to my office with paint, rollers, brushes, drop cloths, and supplies. Suppose that, when he gets to my office I say, “Good to see you, but you are not going to paint my office that color are you?” He says, “Well, you ask me to pick a color, so I did.” I say, “Oh yeah, I totally trust you, but I do not want that color. In fact, I have a color here I have already picked, because I was not sure you would get it right. But...I totally trust you and your work.”
The painter begins to set up and I come back and say, “You’re not going to lay the drop cloth like that are you?” He explains, “Yes, in my experience, this has been the best way to do it.” I say, “Well, I really do not like that way. Here let me show you the best way to lay it.” I proceed to change your drop cloth and say, “Now, that’s better. I trust you totally to do this job, so I’ll get out of your way.”
Two hours later I come back in and look at you beginning to paint. I say, “You are not going to paint with the roller like that are you?” You say, “Yes, this has been the most effective way in my experience.” I say, “Well, let me show you how I’d rather you do it. Hold the roller like this, then roll it like this. Now, I trust your work totally, so go right ahead and do the job.”
At this point the painter is thinking, “I don’t care how much Pastor Johnny says he trusts me, he really does not trust me at all.” Why not? No matter how much I say I trust the painter to paint my office, I keep going back and trying to make it happen myself.
We can say we trust God to do something all we want, but if we turn around and then try to manufacture circumstances on our own we do not. When we seek God, is our concern simply a hearing from Him or getting things the way we want them? Are we going to God with a sales pitch to convince Him, or a humbled heart to trust WHATEVER He wants to do?