This Sunday is the 6th anniversary of my husband’s ordination installation at our church. He preached that day from the same Scripture that he did today. I want to use his ‘joke’ to express to you the clarity with which God speaks to us today, in everything we hear. Hearing and ‘Listening’ are 2 completely different things. One you can’t help and the other you better. I can hear an ambulance or fire truck go by, but I should ‘listen’ and pray for the outcome of the trip it is taking, for those involved in the rescue and the one(s) being rescued. We must as Christians be attentive in all circumstances of the life going on around us, so when God speaks we can obey without hesitation, because we are in ‘listening’ mode.
Here is the joke…’a little lady who was getting older and aware of her failing eyesight and hearing, was meticulous about obeying the traffic laws and extremely attentive to her driving. One day she sees the flashing red light in the rear view mirror and pulls over. Exclaiming to the officer, “I’m sure I wasn’t breaking any laws!” Loudly the officer replies, “NO MA’AM YOUR DRIVING IS FINE, BUT YOUR HORN IS STUCK!!!”
In Romans 1:20 ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.’ We did not read this verse this morning in church, but it came to my mind LOUD and CLEAR when we read Psalm 29- – the Voice of the Lord; upon the waters, thunders, is powerful, of great splendor, breaks trees, splits flames, shakes the wilderness and makes oak trees writhe and forests get stripped bare. NOW that is a powerful voice. The reason we don’t hear it or ‘listen’ to Him is……
We are living TOO LOUD ourselves to hear or give attention to what God has already said in His Word. Our HORN IS STUCK and we don’t know it!