Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Why don't we hear him?

One of the best moments for me is when I walk into the house and my 2 year old son comes running to me as soon as he hears my voice yelling "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy's home!" My daughter used to do the same thing when she was younger, there is no greater feeling than to have your own child so excited just because you are home. This got me thinking, God must feel the same way about his children when they recognize his voice. The problem is, how many of us are truly listening and ready to hear him?

My bible reading this morning took me to Luke 1. I had forgotten about Mary's visit to Elizabeth after the angel gave her the news that she would be giving birth to the Son of God. What was awesome about this meeting was that Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant and when Mary greeted Elizabeth the baby (John the Baptist) leaped in her womb. The baby in the womb recognized the voice of the woman who would give Birth to Jesus. Is that not powerful what the Holy Spirit can accomplish and alert a person too, can even put you in tune with what God is trying to say to you.

So if an unborn baby can recognize the voice of a woman who would eventually give birth to Jesus, why dont we hear what God is saying directly to us? Are we not listening? Are we afraid of what he is trying to tell us? Is our own faith not strong enough? Or does the world simply overtake our desire to truly follow God? The question becomes if we are not listening how can we possibly help the students in our church hear the voice of God?