When you cannot hear, clearly, the person who is speaking to you…..what do you do?
I know what I do…..I yell back…. WHAT?
A more respectful way to answer would be to say…..”Excuse me, would you please repeat that?”
I am living in a large home right now with a friend. We both go about our individual busyness, sometimes speaking information the other person needs to know while one or the other is walking away to another part of the house. When that happens to me I often yell loudly ” WHAT??? ”
It would be better for me to walk to where she is and ask her nicely to repeat the information or request. That way we would have a face to face conversation and the information would not be misunderstood….because if that happens the outcome is usually chaotic… for instance…”I told you, blah, blah, blah, remember?”…..”No, I didn’t get that message.” etc……you know the scenario!!
But, what about the message God is speaking to you? Do you turn a deaf ear and pretend by your own social rules that you don’t hear Him clearly so that you don’t fully understand what He is saying to you?
Since I have been a follower of Christ since a young child I have learned to hear…not saying I always obey…but that’s another topic. I know the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict and correct so that I will come to repentance. Then He teaches and comforts me.
Life in Christ is continual learning. (I was going to say curve….but there are no curves in God’s way. He is straight….Absolute!) Yah, I mess up, but God’s still, small voice through the Holy Spirit is constantly reminding me to check my motives. He points out those sins that pull me away from wanting to hear Him clearly.
I really want to HEAR HIM CLEARLY…….don’t you? Because His Word gives me life, and I want life more abundantly while I’m on this Planet. Do you?
And God does not change. It seems that society is changing the basic, God-given life rules. What’s wrong is OK and right, what’s right is up for individual interpretation. BUT GOD HAS ABSOLUTES….AND THOSE DO NOT CHANGE, and the consequences of disobedience are painful.
I cry out to God often with a WHAT??? What is it God….what are you saying to me? I want to HEAR YOU CLEARLY…..with no outside opinions or philosophies.
I WANT TO ALWAYS ” HEAR HIS VOICE BEHIND ME SAYING, THIS IS THE WAY; WALK IN IT.” Isaiah 30:21