The ‘American Idol’ reality TV show walked would-be vocalist through auditions and weekly competitions for the TV audience to vote for the next “American Idol.” One of the most entertaining aspects of the show was not the back stories of these unassuming amazing talents and their rise to fame, nor the phenomenal performances each week; what people loved was the initial auditions. It was amazing to wonder, as viewers put themselves in the judges’ seats, who would move on and who would be let go. In this dream-giving or dream-crushing choice, there always seemed to be one particular awkward interaction. A contestant, who walked in with confidence, expressing how immense of a talent they were, building all our hopes and the judges expectations, opened their mouth to sing…and it was awful. Embarrassingly terrible. The judges, with looks up and down the table, wondering who would stop this noise, finally stopped the audition.
With hopeful eyes the contestant leaned in for the accolades and the golden ticket to Hollywood. However, the sullen faces of the judges brought confusion. Then the judges, who were most of the time very kind, yet sometimes, brutally honest, let this person know they were not ready for this type of stage and not what they were looking for. Unfortunately, some of these contestants stood shocked, rattled by this revelation. They had never heard anyone not compliment, praise, or gush over their Grammy-worthy performances. This is where it got very awkward as the not-so-talented contestant just would not listen to the judges, and it was evident they could not really hear themselves. One time Simon Cowell even asked, “Are you listening? We, experts in this field, are being truthful and honest with you.” Some would throw a tantrum and storm out saying, “I’ll show you!” They were so caught up in themselves they were not listening to the truth.
It’s easy to not to listen to good advice, even when it’s difficult to hear. The Bible encourages us…
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 22:17-18 17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, 18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.
Only hearing what we want to hear or just our own insights can get us into trouble. The Bible again challenges us…
Proverbs 3:7-8 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
To fear the Lord is have such a reverent respect of God, we choose to listen to Him. For God has some great truths and secrets to life if we would be willing to listen.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Jeremiah 33:2-3 2 “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it – the LORD is His name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
What it takes to get this good advice is to set some hope on God and seek Him out
Jeremiah 29:11-13 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart,
Psalm 37:4-5 4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.
None of us really want to be ‘that guy’ who awkwardly has to be told he is not listening. Open up to others, and to God, and get good advice and input. It could be just what you need.
A great place to listen to God is at church. If you do not have a church you regularly attend, please feel invited to our church. Our website has information about our various campuses: www.cypresschurch.net .
Seeking to be a fellow listener along with you,