Here’s a question for you: Of all the five senses, which sense — seeing, hearing, touching, smelling or tasting — is the most imperative? If you say it depends on the situation, you’re correct. But from a spiritual perspective, hearing would be the most important, most imperative sense. Why? Because you and I were designed by God to listen.
In Genesis 1, the first thing we learn about the Person of God is that God speaks. The Bible is called the Word of God. Creation was brought into being through the vehicle of speech. This idea is important, really important! Why? Navigating today’s complex, tumultuous, chaotic, unpredictable world without God’s direction makes us candidates for a shipwreck.
Just look around. There is a whole lot of shaking going on. In times like these, we need to hear from God … first. God is the Ultimate Hearing Aid. God is broadcasting all the time. If people aren’t hearing from Him, the problem is not the Broadcaster; it’s the receiver. We need to tune in to God’s channel for decision-making, direction, and discernment, for such a time as this.
Our culture has a voice.
Media, academia, politics, politicians, advertising, business, movies, television and government have a voice. They all want you to hear and see their language so you will speak their language. Whose voice are you listening too? That voice influences your thinking, feeling and living. The rose colored glasses we look through come from what we hear and see. We hear vision as much as we see vision on television. In other words, television tells a vision, their vision.
Let’s look at the first four verses in the Bible.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface (waste and emptiness) of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light and there was light.’ And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:1-4.
Do you see that? God has a voice too.
Something good was created after God spoke. It was called light. Why? Because sight requires light. You can’t see anything when you are in the dark. The Holy Spirit was quivering and vibrating, waiting for a word from God to create something. When God spoke “Let there be light,” the Holy Spirit heard first from God and then initiated and did what God just said to do. Hear first, do second.
The Holy Spirit’s pattern is for us too.
All the Holy Spirit in us as Christians is to do is listen for what God says in the Word of God or from a word from God and then do it. Then comes the light. Light is illumination. Illumination brings understanding or revelation. When we have God’s perspective of what we are seeing through hearing God, we have insight. Then we aren’t swept away by the other voices.
Let me finish with a true story that my wife and I experienced in a cave tour in Indiana.
We were several hundred feet below the ground in a big cave. The leader of the tour said, “Now we would like you to experience what real darkness is. We are going to turn off the lights in this cave for a short period of time. What you think is darkness is not darkness at all. There is always a bit of light for your pupils to adjust too. In this cave the pupils in your eyes are ineffective. This is real darkness.”
She was right. I could not see anything. I noticed something though. I couldn’t see but I could hear. I were glad when they turned the lights back on.
Everyone these days thinks they have a corner on the truth.
It takes real insight to know what truth is and what truth is not. Insight comes from hearing God. Otherwise we will be groping in that dark cave with no lights on.
Catch the frequency from God.
Frequent-seeing by frequently hearing God. Let the Word speak to you a word before you speak a word. “And there was light!”
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