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CAN YOU HEAR HIM NOW?

Paul Schneidmill

 

I gather many of you have seen and/or heard the television commercial for a major tele-communications company that displays a man with an ear to a cell phone, moving about countless locations while periodically asking the question, “Can you hear me now?”

 

Thanks to the wonderful teaching I’m receiving during my current attendance at the Army Management Staff College (yes dear friends, God has graciously allowed me to make it through week #2), I’ve learned that there are three primary ways individuals prefer to learn.  They are: 1) Visual (by seeing), 2) Auditory (by hearing), and 3) Kinesthetic (by touching, sensing or “feeling”). 

 

Not surprisingly, my primary method happens to be auditory.  Visual comes across the finish line in a close second, and kinesthetic finishes the race in third.

 

Even though this determination about me comes from an “assessment” that is by no means “set in stone,” I agree that I “hear” things much better than any other manner when it comes to receiving knowledge and understanding. 

 

In some instances, I will ask to be shown how to do something, or be given an illustration so I can “see” what’s being communicated for learning purposes; and last but not least (sort of), I may need to experience or rely upon a “feeling” to gain understanding of a concern; but for the most part, I “hear” stuff.

 

No set order of these learning preferences can be categorized as better than another; it all depends on the individual’s preference, provided they are capable of utilizing all three (i.e., blindness and deafness would be detractors from the process, but I believe all people are capable of “feeling”).

 

God desires that all three be employed in order that man might learn about Him. 

 

He asks us to hear and listen to Him (Deuteronomy 6:4;12:28, Proverbs 4:1, 10, Isaiah 66:5, Jeremiah 22:29, Ezekiel 37:4, Matthew 15:10, Exodus 15:26,  Proverbs 7:24, 8:32, Isaiah 51:1, 7).

 

He asks us look for and seek Him (Isaiah 45:22, Luke 21:38, 2 Corinthians 4:18, Philippians 3:20, Hebrews 9:28, 2 Peter 3:13, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 27:8; 105:4, Isaiah 55:6, Matthew 6:33).

 

He asks us to have faith and trust in Him (Mark 11:22, Romans 3:22, 5:2, Psalm 37:3; 40:4; 62:8; 115:11, Proverbs 3:5).

 

The latter two (faith and trust) are the vehicles with which we are able to sense God, especially during times when we unable to “hear” or “see” Him.  However, consider with me briefly the Biblical emphasis God places on the necessity for us (His creation) to “hear Him.

 

To love and serve God, we must obey Him (John 14:15, 23).  To obey Him, we must believe in Him, and according to Romans 10:14, we must “hear” Him if we are to believe in Him.

 

No matter what way you may prefer to learn, perceive, receive and respond to understanding, make sure you “hear” the Word of God.

 

Because I have “heard” and do “hear” Him, I can “see” Him and “feel” Him by faith!

 

God wants us to “hear” Him.  In Isaiah 28:23, He stresses that four times.

 

Can you hear Him now?

 

Paul Schneidmill © Copyright 2005