A husband was concerned about his wife’s hearing problem. So he decided to conduct a “test” without her knowing about it. One evening he sat in a chair on the far side of the room and turned the chair so his wife couldn’t see him. He softly asked, “Can you hear me?” No response. Moving a little closer, he asked again, “Can you hear me?” Still no reply. Quietly he moved even closer and repeated the question. Still no answer. Finally, he moved right in behind her chair and asked, “Can you hear me?” To his surprise, she answered loudly, with some irritation, “For the fourth time: YES!” Not realizing it, the man himself had a hearing problem!
When it comes to our relationship with God, the truth is, God is always speaking to us in some way or another. If we have a hearing problem, we need to seriously consider that it may not be with God speaking, but with us not hearing and listening well!
You might remember the old TV commercial where a person walks around with a cell phone, asking “Can you hear me now?” The commercial was obviously making the point that their company had the best reception for their cell phone service. The idea was that no matter where you are, you are never out of range.
That’s completely true of God, more than any cell phone service could manage! We’re NEVER out of range of God’s voice.
Jesus once said, “My sheep hear my voice and they know me.” How well are we hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd? The Bible is most certainly a place where the voice of Jesus can be heard. Reading daily is recommended!
The sermon, worship, hymns, and prayers in a church family are places where the voice of Jesus can be heard. Again, recommended!
A quiet place of rest, apart from hectic schedules, is a place where the voice of Jesus can be heard. Caring conversation is another place where the voice of Jesus can be heard. Such a list is endless. God is always speaking to us.
I invite you, once again, to find time, and make time, to listen to the voice of God. If your soul has hearing problems, pray for healing. If you know of someone who is hard-of-spiritual-hearing, pray for them. Don’t “test” them and judge them. Be gentle. Be loving. Be fully aware that God can speak through you, and heal through you.
Above all, listen to God’s voice. He’s asking, “My child, can you hear me, now?”