I read this it made me chuckle, “a lady in front of me in the queue at the bank had a rolled up fiver (£5) in one ear and a tenner (£10) in the other. When she got to the booth they told her she’s £15 in arrears (behind in payment)”, I hope the play on words is seen by those like me who have English as their second language.
In the light of the word play I wonder what is in your arrears or ears, as it’s should say? What is in my ear, such a stupid sounding questions but profound in its application, in other words what is getting the most, or who is getting the most listening time from you and I. What are we investing our listening towards there is so many noises and sounds everywhere which we work though in every day, there is so much accessibility to sound today. I think we live in an era when silence is fought against. One thing out of many Sandra and I love in Africa is the deafening, still silence, so still that it ministers to you, yes you did hear right, deafening silence, to stand where there is no sound pollution to rob, distract and overwhelm.
Our world seems to be filled with people who have become adverse to silence with music in lifts, songs in bathrooms, ear buds full of music in people’s ears. Sounds and noise every where we go, musac, however you say it, lift music, in-store music, music every where. Even people who have the TV on in the background for noise with no one listening to it, no attention being paid to whats on, TV being for security and comfort that there is some one there rather than have a still silent house, as I said adverse to silence.
Are we polluted by sound or is there a sound producing in us, is this not the difference, when we are polluted we become unable to conduct life normally or distracted for any actions our thoughts filled with cluttered thoughts, distracted from every angle. However there is a true pure sound, a sound that will produce an inner person, that brings about a purpose. A sound of the creator that resonates inside us, calling us, making a clear sound in the midst of so much sound pollution, can we hear it? Here is a different take on a well-known text on Jesus life, while Jesus challenge in the garden of Gethsemane, a fight of what sound would Jesus listen to, the inner thoughts of his own will against the pure sound of the Father, in the struggle of his mind the human sounds, the voice that said “No”, “there has to be a different way”, the voice in your head that says this is life threatening, too hard, go another way. But a pure sound resonated inside Jesus he cleared the sound pollution become clear purposed “not my will but yours”. That settled it the noise, the sounds became silent, its done now. I know submitting to the will of God was and today is the challenge for us daily, however I know that when the purpose and will of God is before me noise, sound pollution of my mind speaks to prevent applying the will of the Father and I have to do a clean out of “whats in my eras“.
Where shall I turn to, whom shall I listen to? So much information is available to make us all experts, I hear the challenges of some teachers and preachers today, discovering that as they teach, the people listening are more expert than they are, as they have the ability to research what is being said on iPad, iPhones and the like, right in front of the lectern, they can discover even more about the subject than the teacher/preacher does. I even heard of one setting that invited twitter responses with questions as they taught, so they could deal with the questions in real-time, how exciting a use of modern technology, so to speak, it has become a realisation that people know more due to the accessibility of information. Who will you listen to?
There was a day when we gathered to hear the superior knowledge, when the teacher at school or at the front, knew more than even mum and dad, when the child said “teacher said”, I recall saying it and hearing it from my own children. Now with so much sound available, through podcasts, multiple teaching CD’s, books and the number of ‘Christian TV ‘ channels, who do you listen to?
In our world we live in if you do not define or outline the words you use, what you mean by every concept or biblical term, we all hear through gained filters of other people’s definitions and communication. Try its use a term in a room covenant, authority, Kingdom of God, anointing. To introduce simple words in conversion or teaching only to discover that even in a room with a few say a dozen people 12 different definitions and view of the same word or term are present. The self-confessed expert has dominated our ears and we struggle to hear anything different.
More than ever it is necessary for us to help each other hear the sound of God, the voice of the Father, to enable us to say “what is in my ear”, so “What is in your ear?
It’s an time in the midst of so much sound, noise pollution, so much being said, so much teaching available that even contradicts. How can be sure of whats truth any longer? Neither cannot return to a day when one teacher had the monopoly of our ears, there is so much available today for us all, TV, podcast, books etc., etc. Which can be and is a good thing as long as we instruct, teach more perfectly how each one of us can hear vice of God, helping us all to distinguish through our sentiments, emotions, insecurities, whats in vogue, whats the now word, even teaching us not to be subjective but how to know a God Sound. The scriptures say “my sheep hear my voice” so you can hear God is dealing with the polluted sounds to get the pure sound. Also realizing that revelation is not an individual event when it breaks in on our world but it is meant to be a corporate experience and corporate forming, so God Sounds are to be openly shared to become more perfect through each diverse life filter. Find people who you know hear the Father and watch while listening so that they can help you here God Sounds.
So finally “Whats in your ears?”