Do you ever try and avoid hearing the Lord’s voice because you know what you’re doing is not what he wants you to do? For instance, all I want to do is sleep, but I know I should be writing to bring a message of hope to whoever is reading my post. I keep trying to sleep to no avail, my mind seems to keep going on and on, even though my eyelids want to slam shut. I’m thankful that he is gracious, and patient with me. His voice was telling me to wake up, and be about my day, but I closed myself off, knowing full well that it was he that was talking to me. This type of behavior happens all the time, we just don’t want to admit it. Remember that person God told you to help? You were too busy, or maybe you were clutching your money too tightly, so you ignored his voice. Maybe he told you to call someone who might be feeling lonely, but you didn’t because they talk too much. I wonder how disappointed he is with us when he knows we hear him, but we go on as if he didn’t tug on our heart? Pay attention, listen, and obey. You have duties to fulfill as heirs of the kingdom.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:17-18