The Voice of God is a friendly Voice. No one need fear to listen to it unless he has already made up his mind to resist it.
A.W. Tozer - The Pursuit of God
Some further musings today of the words of Tozer.
This sentence speaks volumes to me. What are we afraid of? Our pride? Our arrogance? Having our plans go astray for His? The truth?
God speaks to us lovingly, patiently, graciously. What we hear is our problem, not His. There is no lie in His words. There is great comfort in hearing Him, but it can be painful if we choose to struggle against what He has to say to us:
And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
Acts 26:14 (NASB)
We really do try to kick against the goads most of the time. Like a child struggling against taking the medicine his parents tell him is for his own good. The child trusts the parent's word, yet kicks against the goads anyway. How like that child we kick against the goads; in either fear or definace of our Father's voice.
And it is such a friendly voice that we fear when we do so.
How sad is that?