"God, I need to hear from you!"
Those words have been uttered from my lips on more than one occasion over the years. Sometimes, I am simply seeking reassurance that He really is out there somewhere listening to me. Other times I utter this cry because I am standing in the Valley of Indecision and I want a bottle with a note in it to materialize in front of me. Then I would simply have to uncork the bottle, pull out the note, read it and proceed as directed.
In other words, I want instant, clear and concise responses to my prayers. Do you?
If you are anything like me, you probably get a bit discouraged when God seems to be silent. He seems to be silent but is He? Could it be that maybe, just maybe I can't hear Him because I actually have my hands over my ears?
In the natural, we put our hands over our ears for several reasons:
Are the same things true in regards to our spiritual ears? Is God speaking to us but we do not like what we are hearing? Do we become like the child who covers their ears and cries out, "I can't hear you!" in the belief that action absolves them of any responsibility or consequence?
Perhaps the real problem is not the silence of God. Perhaps the real problem is actually my rejection of what He says. If I can convince myself the problem is due to God's failure rather than mine, I feel justified and perhaps even a bit smug. I tried to seek God, I tried to get Him on the line but there was no answer so I guess I am free to do whatever.
Sometimes God will say things we love to hear but other times He tell us things we do not want to hear. We need to be willing to hear whatever God says, whether we like it or not. When we take our hands off of our "ears", we will be amazed at how much we really do hear.