Reflection on the Guidelines for Hearing from God
This is me blogging my response from the reflection questions at the end of the second chapter of Hearing God by Dallas Willard. Indeed, this book contains a lot of lessons and insights we can learn from. In this chapter, the author laid out some reminders and guidelines for hearing from God.
- The chapter starts with a story about the movie Stepford Wives. The robotlike model of human relationships seem attractive to some people because it somehow causes peace — in a negative way. People who are forced to submit usually do not submit because of love and respect. They usually do it because of fear and helplessness. The relationship does not grow. It actually dies eventually.
- The picture of love as a way of being with fit into what I have experienced in my life. I wanted to be with my family, friends, and work-mates. I do not just serve them with whatever I can, I also pray for them and help them in times of need. Gaining favor and avoiding trouble for relationships is a selfish goal. We do not use people to have a deeper relationships with them. We love them. We serve them.
- I never thought of God as a taskmaster. Growing up in a christian school, I have learned that God is a God of love. He is not harsh. Although it is possible for us to see His wrath, it is because He is just, and he detests sin.
- Communion, communication, and guidance usually comes in relationships. We communicate with people we love and guide the people under our care. However, there are some forms of communication that comes from authority, news, bosses, and other people who does not have any kind of relationship with you. Moreover, some VIPs that talks to us or we know of just makes us feel important as well. Example would be some teachers talking or being friends with particular students, or the president who is friends with your father. We do not realize it too often that this causes us to feel a little higher than other people. Unfortunately, people who knows that God is talking to them makes them feel superior than other christians. This should not continue to God-Children relationship. God will talk to His children out of love and care. Conversational relationship with God that leads to pride that comes right before a fall.
- As for the previous number, being talked to by God may lead to pride and self-righteousness. It is said in this book, “Meekness is mere preference to God’s will.” We hear from God as we talk to Him with humility, and that humility comes from God as well. Unlike Mirriam and Aaron when they were jealous of Moses being talked to by God, we should be still and listen. God answers and communicates with us in numerous ways. In this way, if we come to seek the Lord with humility and meekness, God will show us revelations that is tailor-made for us individually.
In this chapter, I am reminded with humility. I admit that I can hear from God, and He gave me that gift. I used this gifts before not in the manner that God wants it. I have no self-control sometimes. Surely, when you know God gave you a spiritual gift, you wanted to brag about it, and it is true that when you use it wrongly God might take it away from you. However, God is merciful and loving. He forgives. He still communicates. He still teaches me how to live this life with Him at my side.