“Then the Messenger of the LORD said to her, ‘You are pregnant, and you will give birth to a son. You will name him Ishmael [God Hears], because the LORD has heard your cry of distress.’”
Genesis 16:11 (GW)
We are confident that God listens to us if we ask for anything that has his approval (1 John 5:14). God hears us, but do we hear Him when He’s speaking to us?
Sometimes we don’t hear physical voices because we’re distracted. That can be because there are too many other noises, or one is too much louder than the others. But also we sometimes put in ear plugs to blot out noises, so that we can sleep. And there are times when we have excess earwax causing noises to be distorted or faint. Or, of course we may deliberately tune out of the conversation or talk too much.
And so it is with hearing God. Sometimes we’re distracted by what we’re doing or the sounds coming from the family, neighbours, computer, phone or television. Sometimes we want ‘peace and quiet’ so we put in spiritual ear plugs. Sometimes we don’t keep our spiritual ears clean, we neglect the Christian principles, or simply become tired and slack. And sometimes we deliberately tune out of God’s wavelength, not wanting to listen to what He has to say, as it would require a response, some action that we don’t want to give.
God continues talking to us until we are ready to do what is necessary to listen to Him, whether it’s ridding ourselves of distractions and finding some quiet space, removing the ear plugs, cleaning out our ears, or simply being ready to tune back in again and to stop talking.
God hears and listens to us; will we hear and listen to Him?
Dear Father, You are faithful in listening to us. Please work in us so that we’ll want to listen to You. And please speak loud enough to be heard above the cacophony of our own thoughts as well as above all the other noises around. Thank You.
Study by Ruth Edwards
This is the 11th day of S.E.P., a two-week summer activity camp that takes place on the bank of Loch Lomond, Scotland. It is sponsored and run by the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International. The camp is Christian in ethos but accepts campers from all denominations and faiths, or from none. For more information about S.E.P. visit http://www.sepuk.org
About the Author:
Ruth Edwards is actively involved in her Worldwide Church of God Bristol congregation, including editing Links, a church magazine for the congregations of the South West and South Wales area.
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