I wrote this devo originally for whillschurch.org.
There are days when the reality hits me that it is easier to talk with my cable company than God. That’s disturbing, isn’t it? Who hasn’t wasted hours arguing with the cable company about one issue or another – billing, reception, download speed. Then the famous — “Will you be home on Tuesday between the hours of 9am and 5pm to meet our tech?” At promptly 4.49, they show up. As “promised.”
Yet how quickly would I accept that situation if I knew I was going to get a clear answer from God. “Grant, would you be available between the hours of 9 and 5pm on Tuesday so when God shows up He could tell you how to parent?”
Why…yes, God. I think that will work out nicely. YES!!!! YES!!! YES!!!
It’s the single most frustrating lesson in the life of a believer – learning to hear God through the noise. It’s a lesson that we take constantly, never really graduate from. And the easier it gets to HEAR God, the harder it gets to OBEY God. So there are times I am thankful when God’s channel looks like this. It gives me an excuse…for a little while anyway.
Here’s the truth about NOISE on our televisions, 9 times out of 10 it isn’t the stations fault. They are broadcasting something, they are sending a signal. 9 times out of 10 the problem is on the receiver end. The set isn’t in the best spot to receive the signal, the cable being used is worn out and needs to be replaced. There isn’t enough POWER in the unit to receive the signal. All the screaming in the world won’t fix the noise. Only moving to a place where the set can better receive the signal will result in a clear picture.
Spiritual parallels are scary aren’t they? There are times when God IS silent, He isn’t broadcasting. But those times are rare. Most of the time, the NOISE on my God channel is there because I’m out of whack somewhere.
And we are going to see that this isn’t a new problem with our new series NOISE. We’ll also see how the solutions aren’t all that new either. But sometimes it’s healthy to have a reminder. See ya’ Sunday.