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God, I have full confidence in who you are, I know that you are the King of Kings and the Lord of all, you have known the end from the beginning before I was even formed in my mother’s womb. I know your ways are great and I know your plans are complete. You give wisdom to those who diligently seek your word and peace to those who find you in the secret place. May this series provide peace and wisdom to those who are reading it. I thank you, Lord, that you have heard me and seen my heart. Amen.
The ability to hear and to hear God, in particular, is so precious and so understated. More than other senses, to hear requires us to pay attention to every syllable, it requires us to be still and to be patient for the next sound. It is a sense that gives the speaker full attention in order for the listener to fully understand. As was written on Sunday, we are blessed purely because we believe that Christ rose from the dead, we may not have witnessed this but from what we have heard, we have believed ( See John 20:29). However, the level of Christian maturity is dependant on whom we frequently listen to, if the only communication we ever have with God is through another man (not Jesus as He is God) then our understanding of God is rather weak
The Samaritans ( read John 4:1-43) came to believe in Christ after the testimony of the woman at the well but, what certified their faith and transformed an entire town was when they directly heard from Christ, in the same manner in John 1:43-51, Nathaniel was doubtful of Christ being the Messiah when he heard from the other disciples until he heard the Lord Speak, that is when he fully believed. It is not enough for us just to see Him in action, we must be able to hear from Him because when we hear, that is when we believe Him to be the Son of God. In John 4:44-51, Christ went back to His home-town in Galilee, and although the Galileans on the surface welcomed Him they were only in search of the miracles He performed, they still lacked the understanding of Christ purpose. This is probably the reason why when the royal official begged Christ to heal His son, He unlike the Centurion or the Syrophoenician ( Read Matthew 8: 5-13, 15:21-28) lacked the understanding to know that just from His word his son could be healed without Christ being physically there, but after conversing with Christ did the man finally believe without yet having seen a change in His sons condition.
The Israelites in the desert refused to listen directly from God and asked instead that “you [Moses] speak to us, and we will listen… but don’t let God speak to us, or we will die” (Exodus 20:19), they did not look to God with reverence or search for His heart, so they remained afraid and distant. What kind of a relationship would it be if a husband and wife only spoke to each other through a counsellor? However, this is the relationship that God had with His people for many years and He wanted to cancel and start afresh a new relationship where His people could directly hear from Him. The Father through Jesus Christ demonstrated the symbiotic relationship He longed from His people, one that involves direct communication so that not only would His people believe that He is God but that they would have eternal life (John 5:24). John Chapter 5 is a beautiful illustration of a relationship dependent on committed attention, if Christ could not do anything on His own without hearing from the Father first (John 5:30) what more for us? What determined Christ’s actions were not the rules and regulations set by man (Colossians 2:8) but from the Fathers leading, if God worked on Sabbath, so did Christ. Paul may have ‘planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth’ ( 1Corinthians 3:6), Paul may have spoken about Christ to the Corinthians and Apollos may have helped to pastor some of the people but without having heard from God directly for themselves there was little growth to be gained with the Church in Corinthia, the people still remained infants in their faith.
To grow spiritually means to have an established relationship with God through direct communication. We can hear from God when we are still and all other thoughts are drowned out.