Mankind needs a hearing aid.
There are approximately 1700 references in the Bible for the word “hear”. In comparison, there are around 690 Bible results for the word “love”. This suggests that there is a communication problem going on between God and people.
God’s message has been spread orally for the longest time until it was written down. The written word is a gift that keeps on giving. Besides hearing the message people are now able to read it too. With Jesus arriving on the scene He added yet another dimension. Better than just reading about God, people could now reach out and touch Him. They could hang out with Jesus. They could invite Him over for dinner. They would hear from God just by looking at Him.
And yet, Jesus lived on planet Earth only for a little while. He did not have a chance to grow old. When Jesus knew that He was going to be apprehended by the authorities and executed in just a matter of days, He started to get His affairs in order. It was important to Jesus to meet with His closest friends one last time for a heart-to-heart conversation. So, the night before His death, the Lord gathered around Him His disciples to discuss impending changes. As expected, the prospect of losing Jesus deeply disturbed them. When His followers panicked, Jesus sat down and addressed the issue at hand saying (John 16:7):
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”
Jesus went on to explain (John 14:26-27):
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The Lord pointed out that He was not going to leave them stranded, but that He would send them a Helper, a Comforter and Friend: namely the Spirit of God. With Jesus returning to Heaven, an important shift was going to happen: The public attention was turning from Jesus to His followers. Jesus was well aware of that; so He made sure everybody knew they were not left to their own devices, but would continue to hear from God through the intervention of His Spirit.
God’s Spirit guides us if we invite Him. When we open our hearts to God we basically provide a residential address to the Holy Spirit. As we make room in our hearts for the Spirit of God, He takes up residency and His presence inside of us grows. With God’s Spirit inside of us, people around us get to witness a piece of heaven.
We can hear God’s heartbeat – and through us the world around us gets to hear from the Lord. We are moved by Him – and through us others are brushed by the wind of the Spirit, God’s Spirit – the whispering gentle Breath of Heaven.