Ever feel like your voice can’t be heard?
If you’re a parent then it is a foregone conclusion: you do feel that way at times. “Can’t we turn the video game volume down a little bit?”; “What’s that? You can’t hear me over your brother?”; and “Didn’t I say that you needed to clean up your room?”.
Perhaps in your role as a “common citizen” you may feel that no one listens to you. You may feel that your stand for “right” over “wrong” is ignored by all and your vote doesn’t make a difference. If that isn’t enough to depress you then just remember that this is an election year.
Not being heard when you have something to say is terribly frustrating, particularly when what you have to say is a matter of life and death.
As a Christian, my life revolves around a message that truly is a matter of life and death. As carefully and as determinedly as I might try to share that message, there is no denying that there are multitudes of voices and messages trying to compete for the same ears.
In fact, I’m confronted daily by this when I share about God’s love with folks. “Well, I’d like to learn more sometime and maybe even be in church but I’ve got yard work on this day, meetings on that day, ballgames on this night, my favorite show is on the other, and don’t forget my unused vacation days. Sorry: no time left. Sundays? But that’s the only day I can sleep in.”
And if I, merely a messenger, feel frustrated about a culture that won’t slow down and carefully listen to the message of Eternal Life, what does the One Who sent the message in the first place feel?
In Isaiah 48, the Lord laments over His people who have gotten so far away from Him and His loving commandments that they only know heartache, disappointment and loss. “Oh that you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:18 ESV). God’s yearning to be heeded in order for us to possess the peace that He has promised has not faded.
“Listen to Me… I am He; I am the First, and I am the Last. My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together…. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go” (Isaiah 48:12-13,17 ESV).
Think of it! Even the heavens stand at attention at the summons of the King of Kings. How much more then, as God summons us from among a people too busy to walk with Him and too busy to serve, will those who hear Him calling, jump to attention and respond to His invitation of grace?
As He calls you to come out from under the power of sin, death and despair, will you have ears to hear and receive His invitation to join Him?
“Thus says the LORD: ‘In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages, saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’ They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture; they shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for He Who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them” (Isaiah 49:8-10 ESV).
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