11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel did not obey me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.
Every failure in life can be attributed to not listening. The Bible teaches us that listening means we hear what God has to say and we do it. The reason it is a challenge to listen to God is because we often filter what we hear by what we want. When you listen to God (hearing and doing what He says) it will often be quite challenging to do so because He is going to tell us things that will be difficult for our flesh to want to do.
Believers often think they are listening to God, but if we are then many times our flesh feels uncomfortable, and we as humans don’t like that. But every time I have ever failed in any area of my life as a believer it was because I was not fully listening to God. I was either not taking the time necessary to do so, or I was not willing to deal with my flesh to do what God had said. What often seems right to us is of course not right with God.
His ways are not our ways. Every time I have listened to God, which almost always included me having to crucify my fleshly man to accept God’s way of doing things, I have seen victories in my life. God has never had anyone in the Bible who truly listened to Him walk in defeat. It has never happened. So the question becomes are we really listening to God? If we are there will most certainly be an uncomfortable part of our flesh to deal with, but the result will always be success.