DayBreaks for 12/05/18: The God Who Does
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2008:
What is man that Thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that Thou visitest him? – (Ps. 8:4, KJV)
David was neither the first, nor the last, who asked the question of God (my paraphrase here): “Why would you pay attention to us? Why would you waste a precious moment of your time on creatures like us?” All it takes for me to be lost in the wonder of David’s question is to lay on the deck at night gazing up into the seemingly inexhaustible reaches of space and I find it hard to believe that God even knows I exist. Have you ever had the same feeling? Sure, I know what his word says and I believe it – well, most of the time at any rate. there are moments when it is hard to grasp.
There are those who, regardless of what the Bible says, believe that God takes no notice of us. Some believe that because they’ve asked him for something and never heard from him in a way that they expected. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, “Earth’s crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees takes off his shoes.” There is wisdom in these words: for those who are tempted to think that God would not communicate with measly humans are not likely to hear from Him at all. They are not able to hear His voice. That shouldn’t surprise us: think about how often we fail to hear the voices of human who are speaking to us. It may be a crowded room, or just that we’re distracted by something else at the moment. Each of us is bombarded with radio and television signals 24 hours a day – those signals are passing through our physical bodies constantly, and yet we can’t even hear them at all. A receiver that is properly tuned to those frequencies has no problem picking up those signals and “hearing” them at all.
We are like those receivers, and God is like the “broadcaster.” We are constantly being showered with His messages – and like the radio and TV waves, they pass through us unnoticed because we are not attuned properly to hear His voice. We have been attuned to science to observe nature and think of molecules, chemicals, physical laws, and matter/energy, but not to pick up the signals of God’s voice that are being broadcast by nature 24 hours a day (“The heavens announce the glory of God” – Ps. 19). Nor do we hear the special communication directed by God to each of us as individuals.
As Dallas Willard put it in Hearing God, “Some of Jesus’ deepest teachings are about hearing. He taught in parables so those who did not really want to hear the truth could avoid it. He realized that not everyone has ears for the straightforward purpose of hearing but that some use their ears to sift out only what they want to hear, leaving the rest aside. One of his most repeated sayings was, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” But he also urged his hearers to make a great effort to hear, assuring them that what they received would be proportional to their desire and effort (Mk. 4:23-24).”
Yes, we are tiny specks in the universe. Just as only those who see take off their shoes at the burning bush, only those who unplug their ears can hear, for God does communicate with His creation – even tiny specks of humanity in a vast universe.
PRAYER: Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts eager to obey. Thank you for your Word to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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