As a person with hearing loss, I often have to ask someone to repeat what they said. The difficulty is that they sometimes repeat it at the same volume level as the first time. Then I have to explain and have them repeat it more loudly.
When I communicate with someone, the purpose of my speaking is for them to hear the message. I speak in their language, and for a child, I speak in words they can understand. If a person only speaks Spanish, they can’t understand my English, no matter how loudly I speak. So I speak in Spanish or get an interpreter.
I think that people often don’t grasp what we’re trying to say because they already have an idea in their mind of what we’re going to say. That’s why so many people are bad listeners. They don’t really listen… they predict.
Throughout history, God has tried to communicate His love and His plan for mankind. He created us in His image, but we still don’t understand all that He has said. So He communicates in many ways. We learn from experience and God gives experiences to illustrate His will, His approval, and new teaching. He sent prophets to proclaim His word and those prophets (and their messages) were often resisted and ignored. Look at this scripture…
Hebrews 1:1,2 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”
So God sent His Son. Why? So that whoever would believe on His Son could have a close walk with God and eternal life. (John 3:16,17) He felt that we might understand His sacrifice of love. He sought to communicate His message through Jesus.
Another difficulty in communication is when we don’t seek to hear and understand what He is saying to us. We have “selective hearing” where we can’t hear someone say loudly, “Would you take the garbage out?” but we can hear clearly when they whisper, “Supper is ready.”
This Sunday, let’s truly tune-in to hear what God has said by sending Jesus to communicate His will, His plan, and His love.