Shhh, Hush, Listen!

Have you ever had a friend or acquaintance who always misunderstands what you are saying to him or her? Or a friend who talks incessantly but never listens to you? It’s frustrating isn’t it?

We live in a world like that, everyone is talking at the top of their voices and not listening to God.

Jesus spent three years teaching the disciples about the incredible relationship He was forging for mankind, for anyone who will seek Him, and He sent the Holy Spirit to seal the deal. The disciples became apostles, and spent the rest of their lives passing the message along to the world at large with the Holy Spirit to sustain them and to keep them on track.

So what has it come down to today? We have people who think Jesus started an exclusive “God favors me” club made up of all the “right” people, with lots of rich friends, and their very own political party. We have folks who think Jesus came to allow us to keep the law (or as some express it, “to make us good”). We have a lot of people who believe that Christianity primarily means serving the church, and it’s leaders, instead of serving Him. We even have people who think that a minister is or should be an authority on theology and church history, who will “set you straight” if you stray from the party line.

Our modern “church” leaders are so busy talking, telling you their grand ideas, and condemning others, that they are not listening to the Lord. Most of what they have to say is reworked “wisdom” from their seminary days. Great!, so we are being led by the well worn traditions of men. That is the wide path, the path that leads to destruction.

The early church had a tremendous secret, which most folks don’t know today. But, it was a secret which they were eager to share. They knew that a minister was simply someone who knew Jesus intimately. Someone who lived in His presence and helped bring others into this same kind of relationship. A person who could lead another person into the place where they could hear the Good Shepherd themselves and start to grow. No seminary, no denominations, no high sounding pronouncements, not a Father, a brother in Christ, a fellow priest and king. Just living in His Spirit, and sharing it, furthermore they knew that every person who knew Jesus, who was led by the Holy Spirit, was a minister. They took the narrow path, the one where they walked with the Lord and were taught by Him.

I know many modern “authorities” have all kinds of arguments against our hearing God in our everyday lives, and following His lead, but God said this;

“18 What good is an idol, once its maker has shaped it, a cast metal image and a teacher of lies, that its maker puts his trust in it, and goes on making non-gods, unable to talk? 19 Woe to him who tells a piece of wood, “Wake up!” or a speechless stone, “Rouse yourself!” Can this thing teach? Why, it’s covered with gold and silver, without the slightest breath in it! 20 But ADONAI is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.”
Habakkuk 2:18-20 (Complete Jewish Bible)

And Jesus said,
1 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd. 3 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out. 4 After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.”
John 10:1-5 (Complete Jewish Bible)

In Habakkuk 2:20 He said “But ADONAI is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.”
Do you know where that temple is now days?
In the sanctuary of your local church? – nope.
In St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome? – uh, no.
In your hearts? – Yes, ding, ding, ding we have a winner!

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NASB)
All you have to do is earnestly seek Him, and learn to listen in humility, and He will tell you what you need to know, He will lead you.
You know it’s true, it was part of the original plan, you know “My sheep hear My voice”? Old time folks used to talk about it, they called it “waiting on the Lord” or “praying through”.
Did you know that you can talk to Him and hear Him answer you? It’s all part of having a living Lord. A real person, not a tradition, not a dead poet or philosopher. He is God, He is here with you, He has been listening to you all of your life, wouldn’t it only be polite to listen to Him for a change? He is waiting to forge a relationship with you, a relationship like no other. So how do you expect to know Him, if you never listen to Him?

Nathan

nathan@cherandana(dot)com

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2 Comments on “Shhh, Hush, Listen!”

  1. Rachel Says:

    What an awesome post! Very much agreed!

    Rachel


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