TO HEAR GOD- LISTEN.

DO YOU SOMETIMES FEEL GOD DOESN’T LISTEN TO YOUR PRAYERS OR DOESN’T ANSWER?

BE ASSURED, GOD HEARS EVEN YOUR TINIEST PRAYER. THERE IS NOTHING TOO SIMPLE OR TOO COMPLEX FOR GOD. SOMETIMES WE FEEL WE ARE NOT BEING HEARD…BUT, MAYBE IT IS US WHO ARE NOT HEARING!

THE STORY IS TOLD OF SEVERE RAINS AND FLOODING BEING ANNOUNCED AND WARNINGS TO PACK UP AND LEAVE YOUR HOME IN LOW WATER AREAS. A MAN LISTENED TO THE NEWS REPORTS AND DECIDED HE DID NOT NEED TO LEAVE SINCE HIS HOUSE HAD NEVER FLOODED. THE RAINS CAME AND CAME. IT WAS NOT LONG UNTIL THE WATER WAS FEET DEEP IN THE STREET. POLICE AND FIREMEN WERE GOING HOUSE TO HOUSE. HE TOLD THEM THAT HE WAS ‘OK’ AND WAS NOT CONCERNED. BY MORNING, WATER WAS ALMOST IN HIS HOUSE. AUTHORITIES WERE NOW PATROLING RESCUES IN SMALL BOATS. AGAIN, HE DECLINED AND STAYED IN HIS HOUSE. BY AFTERNOON THE TOWN WAS VACANT AND WATER WAS IN HIS HOUSE AND RISING SO HE WENT UPSTAIRS. SOON THERE WAS A HELICOPTER. STILL, DECIDING THAT THE WATER COULD NOT GET ANY HIGHER AND WOULD SOON SUBSIDE, HE REFUSED THE RESCUE HELICOPTER AND WAVED THEM AWAY. BUT, THE WATER ROSE. WITHIN HOURS, HE HAD CLIMBED ONTO THE ROOF OF HIS HOUSE. SCREAMING FOR HELP, THERE WAS NO ONE TO RESCUE HIM. SO HE TURNED HIS SCREAMS TO GOD….AT FIRST BEGGING…THEN DEMANDING GOD’S HELP AND ASKING WHY GOD HAD ABANDONED HIM AS HE CLUNG TO THE CHIMNEY.

QUIETLY, GOD ANSWERED. “MY SON, I ANSWERED YOU OVER AND OVER BUT YOU IGNORED ME. YOU DID NOT TAKE TIME TO LISTEN. FIRST, I SENT THE WEATHER REPORT. BUT, YOU IGNORED IT. THEN, I SENT THE POLICE AND FIREMEN. YOU IGNORED ME, AGAIN. KNOWING YOU WERE IN TROUBLE, I THEN SENT A BOAT. YOU AGAIN REFUSED TO LISTEN TO THE RESCUERS I SENT. FINALLY, SEEING YOU HAD CLIMBED UPSTAIRS WITH THE WATER STILL RISING, I SENT A HELICOPTER JUST FOR YOU. YOU REFUSED ME, AGAIN. NOW, YOU CLING ON YOUR ROOF BY YOUR CHOICE AND DEMAND I HELP WHILE QUESTIONING WHY I ABANDONED YOU. I DID NOT ABANDON YOU. I HAVE BEEN WITH YOU EACH AND EVERY MOMENT. I TALK WITH YOU EVERY DAY…EVEN BEFORE YOU BECOME DESPERATE…IF YOU WILL OPEN YOUR HEART AND LISTEN.”

I HEARD THIS STORY SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES IT HAS BEEN AROUND, IT STILL IS A FRESH REMINDER OF HOW WE ARE TO LISTEN TO OUR GOD. HE IS ALWAYS THERE AND ALWAYS READY TO LISTEN. IN ORDER TO HEAR HIM, WE HAVE TO LISTEN. ARE YOU PREPARED TO LISTEN WHEN GOD TALKS?

‘BUT BLESSED ARE YOUR EYES BECAUSE THEY SEE, AND YOUR EARS BECAUSE THEY HEAR. FOR I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, MANY PROPHETS AND RIGHTEOUS MEN LONGED TO SEE WHAT YOU SEE BUT DID NOT SEE IT, AND TO HEAR WHAT YOU HEAR BUT DID NOT HEAR IT.” MATTHEW 13:16-17 NIV