Why the Question of How We Listen to God is an Important Topic

Part 1

God creates by speaking. In the first chapter of Genesis, we see him speaking the world into existence with his voice.

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters....”

God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.

God made human beings at the culmination of this process. After blessing them, the very first thing he did—the very first action he took within this new relationship—was to speak to those he created (Genesis 1:26-30).

Part 2

There was a time when the only known law was one restriction from God, the restriction quoted in Genesis 2:16-17. Namely:

You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.

The serpent approached the human beings who were innocently living by this law. He asked them, in Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?”

In other words, when Satan stepped onto the scene, the very first thing he sought to undermine was our belief that we can trustingly listen to God.