This phrase for most Americans triggers memories of a geeky looking fellow going about, place to place, talking to an unknown ‘someone’ and asking, “can you hear me now?”.
I just finished up reading a terrific book by Francis Chan called “Crazy Love”. We are using it as a study guide for our men’s Bible study at church. We have just started and anticipate doing a chapter each night we meet. I’m not entirely convinced we can accomplish that because I’ve found myself rereading section again and again; letting more of Francis’s spin on Biblical truths soak in.
Okay, I probably could have chosen a different word than ‘spin’, because he consistently hits the nail on the head.
Since we are only on the first chapter and I became so engrossed with the book that I’ve already gone through to the end; I’m satisfied with the turning of the last page.
Satisfied, but no where near done!
Time to Get to Work
If you’re a believer and you read this book, considering where the author leads you. If you do, then you simply cannot come to the end of the book and feel like you’re done. On the contrary, if you’re experience is like mine; it has just begun anew.
Enough of my commercial for the book. If you’re interested in it (and I would highly recommend it) pickup a copy (physical, digital, or audio) and really process what is covered in it’s pages. Take your time. You’ll be amazed and likely feeling like you have a call to action, as I have.
What I found wrapping up the book, was not necessarily specific to the book at all. What seemed to linger in my mind, was the concept that God is constantly conveying messages to us, and I simply need to do a better job of listing. Frankly, I haven done a very good job, in the overall scheme of things, listening.
(God) Can you hear me?
God is constantly prompting us with his messaging. We don’t see the billboards he’s posted for us to see; the love sonnets he’s composed for us; or the words he directs our way. This is due to our blindness and the noise we surround ourselves with today.
The Still Small Voice
Deuteronomy 4:30 (CSB)
When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, in the future you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.
God voice is often spoken of as a still small voice, but I can tell you, that while it can be that still small voice, it also tends to be consistent. His voice reaches us no matter where we are. The question is ‘if’ we are listening.
Psalms 50:1 (CSB)
The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks; he summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
It can often be loud and clear.
Ezekiel 43:1-2 (CSB)
He led me to the gate, the one that faces east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice sounded like the roar of a huge torrent, and the earth shone with his glory.
His voice can be multi dimensional in nature.
Revelation 14:2 (CSB)
I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of cascading waters and like the rumbling of loud thunder. The sound I heard was like harpists playing on their harps.
Therefore, the message may be a single morsel of information that he implants in us, or it could be massive volumes of details that we need to follow precisely.
God speaks, the only question is if we are listening.
His message may come in the form of a song.
Zephaniah 3:17 (CSB)
The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will be quiet in his love.
He will delight in you with singing.”
We often think of singing praises to God, but he does sing to us as well. According to the book of Zephaniah He delights in it!
His song could be woven in the poetry of nature, or the grandeur of the storm, but rest assured He sings to us.
And then there are the miracles everyday that we so flippantly regard as happenstance or coincidence. In the majority of cases they are not; they are merely part of God’s plan.
How about now?
So, Lord, you have my attention. I am listening.
I realize that while I have been listening in the past, I may not have been totally attentive to your voice.
Like the times, you would mention something on the way to divulging your plans for me and instead of listening attentively in the quiet, I leaped out of my chair and finished your thought for you before you could get another word out of your lips.
Well at least I thought they were ‘your thoughts’. I’m so very sorry Lord.
Psalms 46:10 (NIV)
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
I guess I wasn’t being very still. And perhaps I wasn’t recognizing you as the God you really are. Who am I to think I can anticipate your thoughts? The truth is that. You are God and I can’t possibly reason what you have in mind.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
As I sit here, I realize one thing is certain; my priorities require realignment. Understanding, who you are Lord, my position in comparison, those things that I felt were critically important, are not.
My willingness to script your plan for me was and is disrespectful, arrogant and boastful. I have no rights, as I surrender those to you when your Son imparted Grace upon me.
From this day forward, help me always to be attentive and be able to say without reservation, “Thy Will be done”!
Done not just here on earth as it is in heaven.
Done in ME!
Done through me!
Done in accordance to the plan you lay out for me.
Let me be useful to you, Lord God!
Isaiah 32:3-4 (NIV)
Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
I’m listening now Lord. I see your billboards, I hear your song. And I am ready to obey your voice.
Yes, Lord! I can hear you now!