“We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.”
If I were to ask you to list the sins that destroyed Israel, I seriously doubt that most would come up with one of the sins that God listed in the verse above. When Daniel confessed the sins of his people, one of those sins was that they did not hearken “unto thy servants the prophets.” The fact that these people didn’t do what the man of God said to do is one of the causes that God brought judgment upon them.
Sadly, many in our day make the same mistake. We live in times when many minimize that man of God and the importance that God places upon his office and on what he says. The only reason anyone would minimize the man of God’s position is because they don’t want anyone to tell them what to do. Most people want to be their own authority, and avoiding or ignoring the man of God allows them to justify doing their own thing to their own detriment. My friend, it doesn’t matter what society says about men of God; God still uses men, and He still holds people accountable to the man of God’s guiding in their life. Not to hearken and to ignore the man of God happens because of several reasons.
First, people ignore the man of God by never going to him for help. I am not saying that a pastor is the source of all knowledge and wisdom, but I am saying that God gives your pastor insight on how to help you in life. My friend, your pastor cannot help you with problems in your life if you avoid and ignore him. Many people have made hurtful decisions because they wouldn’t talk to their man of God and get his insight on situations in their life. You would do yourself a great service by at least giving your pastor a chance to help you through advice. You can’t say that your pastor is ignoring you when you have not gone to him. He cannot read your mind, and to get upset because he hasn’t helped you when you have not gone to him is simply an indictment of you ignoring the man of God.
Second, people ignore the man of God by not following or listening to what he preached. Many people listen to preaching as they would listen to music, which causes them to miss the truth for their life that God is speaking to them through the preaching of His Word. You should always make preaching personal. In other words, don’t think that the sermon is being preached for someone else, but realize that God is giving that sermon to you. There is something in that sermon that you need to apply to your own life. Don’t miss the truths God has for you because you are simply punching a clock to fulfill your religious obligation for the week. When you hear the sermon preached, take it personally and apply it to your life.
Third, don’t ignore the man of God because he is doing the job of the man of God. There are times when a preacher must call out sin, and just because he names your sin doesn’t make him a bad person. You would be wise to correct your sin instead of getting mad at the preacher when he calls out your sin. One day you will regret that you didn’t listen when the Holy Spirit convicted you of sin. Instead of ignoring your man of God, let me encourage you to listen to him so that you can avoid the day of regret because of sin’s punishment.