Today’s Bible quote first – John 8:47 – and a challenge as to what we put in the way of hearing God clearly:
Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.
I actually had to go and read a few different translations of this. “The reason you do not hear them….” I was taking to mean that “if I don’t hear God’s word, then I am not from God.” The true sense seems to be closer to “The reason you do not listen…” or perhaps “The reason you can’t hear them…”. Perhaps someone with a better (i.e. any) knowledge of Biblical Greek can help me here?
I do struggle with this one. Sometimes my faith feels strong, yet I don’t feel I am hearing God; at other times it feels weak, yet I do. Perhaps God is trying to tell me something – in my doubts, my questioning, my coming back to God I come back stronger than I strayed?
That’s not to say I feel I hear God all, or even most of, the time. I’d never focussed on this verse before. I wonder, sometimes, why others seem to be hearing from God a lot more than me – more certain in their faith; their rightness; their being on the path of righteousness. I wonder that I am faltering around in the dark; erring and straying; trying to find the path to that narrow gateway from day 4.
Is it me? Am I not as good as they are? And then perhaps I catch a whisper of it – a whisper of the still small voice of calm. A reminder that God isn’t all thunderbolt city (in the Four Weddings and a Funeral sense). Time to “be still and know that I am God”.
I wish I hadn’t been working late tonight. I think Quiet Abbey would’ve been good for me. I must go next week.