See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?
Hmmm..."Don't refuse me when I speak". I love the simplicity of it. First...that God speaks. Secondly...that He speaks to me. And third...that He wants me to say yes...ok...or sure thing. God doesn't like that word no when it comes from my mouth or my mind. He rewards the "yes" response in so many different ways. "No" was the one word Bethany and Joshua learned quickly not to use with Craig. They knew that if they responded with that word, they would have consequences to pay. I still remember him encouraging them to change their "no" to "ok dad, but why". The hard thing about refusing God is that I usually don't voice the "no". I might hear the prompting in my heart and ignore it or turn over and go back to sleep. I didn't voice the no, but I acted on it. Any time I don't do what the still small voice is asking, I am refusing Him who speaks to me. I know I bring consequences on myself and miss the generous blessings He has for me. Oh how I want to change that. I want to hear the voice and respond immediately with joy. I don't want to hesitate. I want to obey with confidence and desire. God, would you give me the strength, desire and obedience to not refuse you in word or action. Help me exchange my selfishness for the desire to obey you fully.