May 11, 2020
In the last two months of this crisis season, have you found yourself sitting there at night, processing information that you have recently heard, and trying to figure out how to feel and think? It can be very confusing and tiring as well!
There are so many voices blaring during this time, informing us and attempting to influence how we behave, how we think, and even how we feel! We would do well to listen to some of the voices, while others we should probably ignore. I would submit, that what makes this pandemic so devastating, is not necessarily the virus, but the blaring environment of loud voices that have influence in our lives.
What’s interesting is that the voice we need to hear the most, we can often struggle to hear during times like these. In fact, often our diligence to listen to his voice gets affected by our worry that he’s not listening to our voice. We pray and call out to Him, and if we don’t see something change, we get disillusioned and frustrated. In that frustration is where we are often tempted to listen to other voices that we think may tell us what we want to hear!
A man was having difficulty communicating with his wife and concluded that she was becoming hard of hearing. He decided to conduct a test without her knowing. One evening he sat in a chair on the far side of the room. Her back was to him and she could not see him. Very quietly he whispered, "Can you hear me?"
There was no response. Moving a little closer, he asked again, "Can you hear me now?" Still no reply. Quietly he edged closer and whispered the same words, but still no answer. Finally, he moved right in behind her chair and said, "Can you hear me now?" To his surprise, she responded with irritation in her voice, "For the fourth time, yes!"
Have you noticed, we can quickly accuse God of not hearing what we say when we pray. We figure He’s up there not listening, when in fact, the opposite is true. As we holler up, “Can you hear me?” He says back, “Yes! But can you hear me?”
In Romans 10:17 Paul says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” In other words, faith grows in our life by hearing God through His word. On the other side of that, faith will die in our lives when we are not hearing the word of God. When other voices become more prominent, it will begin to give way to worry and greed in our thinking. When that happens, we will find our faith begin to die. This is more deadly to our souls than any disease known to man!
So I ask you today, “What are you hearing?” Whatever you are facing right now, know that faith will grow in your life as you listen to God’s word! If you are discouraged or worried, be even more vigilant to listen first to God’s word. Read your Bible, embrace the promises of God, and keep them in front of you constantly.
As you hear God through His word, your faith will grow. When faith is growing, then hope will follow. When hope is alive, then love can flourish. And when love flourishes, everything changes!