Learn God’s Voice from Your Environment
“And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God.” Genesis 35:1
Jacob was thinking of settling down peacefully in Shechem, but God could not approve. He permitted circumstances therefore—the humiliation of his daughter and the gross crime of his sons—that disturbed Jacob’s peace and made it possible for God to speak to him again. At the time Jacob had no thought of God’s hand in these events. Instead he blamed his sons and became frightened. Then he heard God’s voice: “Arise, go up to Bethel.”
I do not believe that a person can become so spiritual that he has no need to learn from his environment. Brothers and sisters, never consider yourselves so advanced in the Christian life that you need only listen to the inner voice. You may have become deaf to that! God has then to speak to you through what is going on around you.