Hearing Problems

Most of us have had the experience of being in a conversation with someone and noticing a blank stare from the other person. Perhaps the other person is thinking of a response or has simply drifted away mentally. There is a disconnect in communication. A colloquial expression from my Eastern Kentucky background says, “The porch light is on, but there is nobody home.”

We serve a speaking God. In the earliest chapters of Genesis, we find God talking to earth’s first couple. From then until the present, it has been the nature of God to desire to communicate with humankind. The problem has never been God’s desire to speak with us; it’s our unwillingness to listen. An intriguing word from the lips of Jesus highlights this problem: “We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament” (Matthew 11:17, NKJV).

The Bible is filled with accounts of our loving Heavenly Father speaking to individuals, to families, and to nations. And our creative God has not limited Himself to one form of communication: “For God does speak—now one way, now another – though no one perceives it” (Job 33:14, NIV). Scripture tells us that God speaks to all men through creation (see Romans 1:18–20 and Psalm 19:1–2). God has communicated through angels, prophets, dreams, visions, miracles, and even through a donkey that He enabled to speak as a man speaks! (See Luke 1:5–38, II Samuel 24:10–25, Genesis 40:1–23, Daniel 2:1–45, Acts 9:10–18, Exodus 7:8–11:10, and Numbers 22:21–35).

God is speaking. But are we hearing? Unconfessed sins, wrong attitudes, and self-centeredness create distance in our relationship with God, and this distance inhibits our ability hear. Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet, reports that though God spoke to His people, “Yet they did not listen or incline their ears, but stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction” (Jerermiah 17:23). In the New Testament, Jesus said, “For the heart of this people has become dull, With their ears they scarcely hear(Matthew 13:15). When we are having trouble hearing, only confession and repentance will bring us back into that close relationship where we can hear from God again.

Prayer: Lord, we want to hear from You. We confess our sins and repent of anything in us that is not like You. “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).

~ Brother Roy

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