Posted on 19 June 2014.
Pastor Dick Nichols
Cedar Creek Community Church
2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta
There is a large phone company that has grown their business by one advertisement, asking one question: “Can you hear me now?” They have actually capitalized on a phrase that most people that have used a cellular phone have asked many times. When it sounds like your signal is gone, it’s normal to speak into the phone and say, “Can you hear me now?”
We live in a society that seems to require the technological capacity to be in touch with anybody, any time and at any place, connected by cell phones that ring or vibrate us at all kinds of occasions. There is WiFi available just about anywhere you go today, smart phones, instant messaging, texting, and some of us have even hung onto our old land lines, just in case there is a gap in coverage somewhere. Yet with all that is available to us today, it really doesn’t mean that we communicate with one another any better than we did before.
With massive information beyond what would have been called science fiction not long ago, we can make connection over incredible distances, to some of the most remote parts of this planet, yet, when all the dust is settled, there seems to be a serious lack of real communication. Along with all the technological advances, it is apparent there are all the more opportunities for mis-communicating, or even dead zones where true communication flat lines.
I believe this is a good illustration of what has occurred between our heavenly Father and his creation. We find several times in scripture the admonition to hear what God has to say. I believe that God does talk to us today, and he will do so in any specific way he chooses—be that through other people, via nature, audibly, but most especially, through his written word, his holy scripture. We read Jesus words in the book of Revelation in each of the letters to 7 churches in Asia Minor, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13,22—King James Version).
These words are for today, and we would be well advised to heed what God has been telling people since the creation. God’s word tells us that “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 KJV). There are many voices screaming at us today, TV, Radio, Hollywood, Newsgroups, and more talking heads than we could possibly count. But there is only one voice that can assure us of eternal life.
God wants us to hear him, to listen to him and respond to his voice. All throughout history God has spoken to mankind, in fact the book of Hebrews begins, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.” (Hebrews 1:1 KJV). God is still talking to his people today, as scripture tells us, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28 KJV).
Listen! If you will, you can hear him now.