Can You Hear Me Now?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2,3).
Sometimes as God’s creatures, we have deplorably poor radar. God tries in various ways to get our attention, but we aren’t listening. There is one thing worse than being deaf; failing to listen. And there is one thing worse than being blind; failing to look.
We often wish God would communicate with neon signs. “Accept this job offer,” “Marry this woman,” “Handle your teenager this way.” But for most of us, he whispers in a “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), and our spiritual hearing aids just aren’t tuned for fine listening.
So sometimes he has to get our attention. When we suffer from an unkindness, lose a job, or lose our health, we suddenly decide it’s time to listen to God.
And find that he has been trying to get through for some time.
“God,” C.S. Lewis once said, “whispers to us in our pleasure, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is his megaphone to rouse a dead world” (The Problem of Pain, page 81).
Are you being hailed from a nearby ship? Has God been trying to get your attention? The proper response to a jolt in the system may be, “Speak Lord, for your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:9).
Ahoy there!

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