Sunday, November 16, 2008

Who told you that?

Gen 3:11a And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?

That verse is the beginning of the very first earthly buck passing session. Adam tells God that the problem was Eve giving him the "apple", Eve blames the teaching of the serpent. But that's not what I'd like to speak on today.

I was listening online to a couple of messages from Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Ministries (part of the Calvary Chapel group of churches). One of his buzz phrases is "sound theology without apology". He mentioned the way the internet & other modern conveniences had predisposed some people to modifying their thinking around their comfortability. But I'm not sure it's the conveniences that are at issue.


Mark 4:23-24 says, "If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. " "... incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; " is what Proverbs 2:2 tells us. Proverbs 4:23 exhorts us to "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. "

There's an audio trick that uses background noise. In an environment where noise is distracting & those distractions might lead to tension, injuries, etc., a consistent background noise is used to lessen the perception of the distracting noise. In that usage, background noise is beneficial. In the spiritual sense, not so. In 1 Kings 19, verses 11 & 12, the Bible speaks of lots of attention getting "noise" followed by the "still small voice" that Elijah recognized as the voice of God. Since the Fall, Satan has filled our environment with distracting noise. And that "still, small voice" is both the way to diminish the distracting noise & the thing needed to replace that distracting noise.

There are some people who have never heard anything but the distracting noises. Others have heard the "still, small voice", but only intermittently, mixed with lots of distracting noise. And there are those who've been blessed by being so close to the "still, small voice" that the distracting noises disappear. With the blessing of being in that last group also comes a responsibility. If we don't share that "still, small voice", the other two groups will never properly hear it -- will never know how much God truly loves them. How are you at sharing that "still, small voice"?

3 comments:

  1. Glad it spoke to you, Justin. Somehow, every time things start distracting me, this post comes to mind. And it doesn't have to be bad things that distract. The best part is always that God gives us what we need to stay on track. And, if we deviate a little, He's already got the things in place to carry us back.

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