For many years, a well-known mobile phone company used the slogan “Can you hear me now?” In its advertisements. The company wanted the public to believe their service was the best and most reliable. They used this to promote their service as having the best reception and coverage. The importance of clear communication is vital for any organization and for any relationship. As Christians, it is necessary that we get along with one another, so that we can all be understood and respected.
In our secular world, family, friends and coworkers need healthy communication so that information can be accurate when shared between groups. There are many variables that can hinder our ability to hear each other. In many churches there are people who believe that one religion or Christian denomination is more correct than others. Sometimes when a group feels better than others, it can be difficult to listen to someone else’s beliefs.
In Christianity, we learn that we must also learn to listen to God. We have access to the scriptures as the inspired word of God, to speak to and educate us as His children. In addition, God has promised us that the Holy Spirit will be with us every day, giving us wisdom along our paths of life. God invites us not only to hear him, but to obey the commandments given to us.
Throughout our lives, God asks us if we can hear him. Through the crises, trials and tribulations of life, we are constantly faced with the difficulties of life. No matter what ethnicity, demographics, or age, we are never immune from complications in our world. We are blessed to have a God who gives us his love, his peace and his hope so that we are never abandoned in our pain and suffering.
God wants us to hear His promises. God wants to remind us of the light that will shine in our darkness. God wants to assure us that faith can move the mountains of our despair. God wants us to hear the word of love when we are surrounded by hate. God wants to give us the solutions to every problem we have. No matter how noisy and chaotic our world can become, God keeps asking us “can we hear it now?” “
Catrina Hawkins-Bowles is the pastor of the Lutheran Church of Christ