The Need for Speed has been the desire of mankind for a long, long time it seems, getting faster and faster whether a ‘land speed record’ or in flight. Since mankind ran, caught horses, built carriages and different powered engines there has been a desire to speed things up. I hope to break sound barriers, I wonder how many of us have heard the boom across the sky when the sound barrier is crossed, as it not only creates a sound but you also feel a thud inside and some times being close enough the ripple of the air.
The need for speed affects us all, speed in travel, the speed of your computer, yesterdays speed is too slow for today’s application. Faster communication, being able to Skype each other across the world immediately with no time delay, with no regard to time differences but all down to the speed of your Wi-Fi. Breaking sound barriers in many disciplines has become our pastime and desire then.
Yet there is a sound barrier that many struggle with, today we live in a world with so much noise, hustle and bustle, the world is a hive of sound. One of the thrills of traveling into Africa for me is the still silence you can find there, the stillness and silence has a volume. A stillness that has a sound of empowering and ministering to the soul that says, “…be still and know that I am God…”
Breaking the Sound Barrier has been the outcome of the gospel for you and I, that is the barrier of not being able to hear God has been removed, we now live in the realm that we have the ability to hear Gods voice. The tension is that all around is sound; a hive of cluttered noise it seems that it does cluttered our hearing. Our worlds full of sound in every space, every void silence filled with sound, we even develop techno gadget that help us to fill the spaces, and the sound barrier is to remove in our hearing of God.
I am always thrilled when the youngest amongst us breakthrough the sound barrier and hear Gods voice, so simple some times and yet so clear. When the hard of hearing, those who have no God consciousness hear Gods voice that transforms them, when sound barriers are broken.
I have heard it said God is never silent always speaking yet there is a necessity of breaking the sound barrier between us.
We have all perhaps found the reason the barriers of sound are there, it is that God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit speaks to each of us in unexpected ways. We all get so confident, God has spoken to each, often times, however it is more helpful to say with great confidence ‘…for God said…”, then better if we preface with “…I think…”, is this not where faith makes sure?
Breaking the Sound Barrier to enable us to hear God starts with our hearts and minds turning towards God, taking a disposition to listen would be helpful, that we train our inner selves to become conscious of our Father God speaking.
I wonder if one hindrance is that we only want God to speak to us, rather than being those who are willing to listen to what God is saying, be careful of the self-centered sound barrier of listening. Only listening for a word for me rather listening to the whole medium of the sound of God, return what God is saying back to God in our confession, conversation with God (prayer). Perhaps we would hear more if we just listened as a desire, following listening and hearing comes the doing, the obedience.
Breaking the Sound Barrier – the scripture says that “my people hear my voice”, “know my voice” yet we hold conferences on hearing God, every prophetic instruction will have at least one session on ‘How to hear God”. But my sheep hear, know my voice, it seems we know and yet we need instruction…? I can hear some saying but we need to know how to hear God do we not? My response is ‘of course’ I am suggesting perhaps it’s the instruction focus we have incorrect, instruction on how to hear God when Jesus said we hear and know if we are his. May be the instruction should be more about believing we are UNITED, ONE with God rather than steps of how to hear God, God is not silent to us.
Having said that to breakthrough the sound barrier and settle hearing God we have to settle who we are in God that we are in UNION with God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are happy to be one with me; the good news of Christ is that we have been made one with Christ. We need to believe this, rather than believe the lie that we are lost, producing a perception of lost-ness and everything we do is an attempt to be “somebody’s” and hear God when we are actually in union with God.
For over 40 years I had good hearing then one night I went to bed as usual only to be greeted in the morning with total deafness in my right ear. The consultant, following long enquiry determined I had ‘nerve deafness’, I had gained a sound barrier, somewhere in my past, some infection as a child or like had come home to roost and I had picked up a sound barrier in my hearing losing 50% of hearing overnight. We pick up or have Sound Barriers when we come to hearing God, they hinder our ability to hear what is natural for the sheep of Christ, as sheep we hear his voice, hearing God is not our struggle it really is doing the will of God, becoming obedient is the struggle.
I will attempt to consider some of the barrier to sound we can accumulate in our journey toward God.