When I hear from God, it is not a confirmation that I am worthy or righteous. There must be no boasting that "I have a word from the Lord." How do I know I have understood the message? Was I really listening? Am I muddying the picture by imposing my own desire on top of the content? This is why humility is so important when hearing from God. If there is any self-righteousness, no doubt, it will be put in its proper place by God. In other words, the humility will come whether we start with it or not so starting with humility is a far easier path.
Luke 14:11 (NKJV)
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
1 Corinthians 8:1b-2 (NKJV)
We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
Willard hopes to answer the question of how can we discern whether we have heard correctly in the coming chapters. In the meantime, I need to work on the humility part.
Lord, help me to have humility. I can't do this on my own, only if You are with me always and only if I am aware of your presence and your help will I be able to "back off" and let you be in control. Help me Lord.