Thursday, May 18, 2006

Are You Listening To Me?
I am the chancellor of our christian school, assist chancellor, liason between the church and the academy...basically I run around the school and serve wherever I'm needed. It's the end of the school year and the kids in our school have gone deaf...teachers can be heard throughout the building saying, "Are You Listening To Me?" One day this week I asked a child if I needed to speak in another language for him to understand me..His reply, "Huh?" Do you suppose that the Lord might feel this way about us? I hear people saying that the Lord never speaks to them, that they've never heard the voice of God, and that they don't understand what people mean when they say the Lord spoke to them...But God is always speaking...sometimes we just don't hear Him...or better yet, we just aren't listening. Let me quickly qualify my statements and say that there are certainly times when He speaks more clearly than others, times when His voice is more profound and more easily recognized. Let's be honest about this, I love it when there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I have heard the voice of the Lord...some time I have to listen more closely, discern between the various voices that are vying for my attention...But He is always avaialble and He always has something to say. There is a verse of scripture in Isaiah 30 that says, "Then shall you hear a voice from behind saying, this is the way of the Lord...walk in it!" I think it's about developing a listeners heart...and that takes time and also means that I need to quit talking so that He can speak clearly into my spirit...In other words, I need to shut up so He can talk! Are You Listening? Who And What AreYou Listening To?

1 comment:

Jesse said...

Loved this one Pastor Neil, since I was in Bible College, my prayer has been that I might hear Him with clarity. And when I struggle to discern His voice in a sea of countless others, then I look to Psalms 46:10, Be still and know that I am God.