God Does Not Want to Know What We Think

We live in a culture where everyone has their say, where I can press the interactive buttons and register my view on television, where I can set up a blog and proclaim my views on anything and everything to the world, where the most friendly thing we can say in welcoming newcomers is ‘We want to know what you think’, but dare I say it – God does not want to know what we think. He wants us to know what he thinks.

Christopher Ash, The Priority of Preaching (Christian Focus, 2009), 35.

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3 Responses to God Does Not Want to Know What We Think

  1. Gordon Lovik says:

    Bravo, well said. Back to His words. In both ears and into the heart and feet.

  2. Of course it is true that God wants us to know what He thinks – absolutely – we’re dead and defeated otherwise. But they way I see it, He also wants us to tell Him what we think. David poured it out – good and bad – and God said that David was a man after His own heart. If we don’t have a personal relationship with God on this level, we’ve still got a ways to go. Attitude is key. The “blog attitude” may be what the author was talking about. ?

    • Mark Farnham says:

      Jon,

      You are right of course, and David is the perfect example of pouring out his heart to God. The context of this quote, I believe, is concerning our tendency to tell God what we want, rather than to listen to what he wants as revealed in the Word. We are quick to speak and slow to hear. This especially confronts those who spout off impulsively, those who love to broadcast their ideas and opinions, and those whose “spirituality” consists of prayer, but no Bible reading. We need both, with Scripture being the priority.

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