Reading: Hebrews 11: 8-16
Too often we are deaf to God’s voice. Like with Abraham, God is seeking to bless us and to do great things in our lives. Throughout our day God seeks to connect to us, to draw us into relationship, to allow us to experience the presence of the Spirit in our life. Too often we miss these chances.
Most of us have had significant encounters with God. Maybe they were during a retreat or when we were at camp. Maybe they were in a deep valley where our sense of God’s presence became very real at the low point of a trial or struggle. Maybe it was during a special worship service or when we were on a mission project. At certain times we are particularly open to hearing God’s voice or experiencing God in our midst. But God desires this to be our frequent experience throughout our day.
The ‘God moments’ we have experienced are powerful and meaningful. So this leads us to seek out why we do not have these times more often in our day to day living. In Abraham’s story we find some clues. First, he was open to hearing God. At times God’s voice will boom into our lives. But Abraham had his ear ever tuned to God and had his spirit focused on God. We too can do this by being intentional in inviting God into our daily lives and by being cognizant of the opportunities God places in our lives. These may come in the wise words of a friend, in the face of the one in need we encounter on the sidewalk, or in the still small voice of the Holy Spirit whispering into our heart. Second, when Abraham felt God’s presence or heard the voice, he listened and was honest. If he did not understand or felt doubt or fear, he was honest with God about these things. God did not walk away, but responded. Through faith Abraham heard and obeyed God and was credited as righteous.
Life can consume us. Life can swirl around us. The noise and busyness can obscure God’s voice and the encounters sent our way. When we allow these things to occur, our relationship with God suffers. Our soul is poorer for having missed out. Our faith is not as strong as it could have been had we experienced God’s presence. We, like Abraham, can hear God’s voice often. We, like Abraham, can become attuned to that voice, lifting it above the daily hum. The more we hear the voice, the better we listen. And we, like Abraham, can and will experience God’s presence and blessings when we slow down and focus on our faith. May we learn to be like Abraham so that we can receive the promises, blessings, and power of God in our lives, daily and often.