Cal Jernigan – Lead Pastor
Listen to me! LISTEN TO ME!
One of the most frustrating experiences in life is trying or needing to communicate to someone who is not listening. Be it your spouse, your children, your parents, your boss, your coworker, your employee… it really doesn’t matter. When you are trying to express yourself to someone you expect them to listen. The purpose of communication is to… communicate. Communication can’t happen when the other person isn’t listening.
In Zechariah 7:13 we read,
“’When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Did you hear that? Did you clearly hear what God just said?
God calls. God communicates. God expresses himself. He cares about us and seeks to guide us through speaking to us. But do we listen? How does God do all this? Certainly God speaks through His Word, and He speaks through the promptings of his Spirit. And God speaks through the words of Godly people. But wait, there’s more! God’s ability to communicate isn’t limited… it’s infinite! Think about this! God speaks every known language…. fluently! There is no human being he can’t converse with. In fact, he’s so good at communicating he’s not limited just to language. He can speak through a sunrise, a sunset, a rain shower or an array of stars. And we’re just scratching the surface of ways he can express himself. He’s the creator of communication.
You might remember the old TV commercial of E. F. Hutton Investments. The ad simply stated “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” The ad promoted this guy as being so wise that whenever he would say something everything became quiet around him… people leaned in to hear what tidbit of wisdom might come out of this mouth.
No disrespect meant to old E.F., but he needs to quit talking. Someone more important with a lot more to say is speaking. God is communicating. He is expressing himself in numerous and creative ways. Are you listening? Are you leaning in?
One of the frustrations people sometimes express regarding God is that they talk to him but they feel he doesn’t hear them. They accuse him of not listening. Think about this for a moment. We expect God to listen when we speak but we don’t take the time to listen when he speaks. Who’s the one who has something to say here worth hearing?
So, the question is asked: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is listening, does it make a sound? I have no idea and I really don’t care. But this I do know: When we stop making so much noise ourselves, and listen carefully instead, God will speak to us. And when we hear what God is saying to us, we will have something important to say back to him. Lean in to listen to God and God will lean in to listen to you.