Now, I know that I have friends from all walks of life. Different religions, different beliefs, I love that about every one of them. I’m not the most devout man, and I feel I have a more inquisitive view on religion than most, but I believe what I believe.
I volunteered to present a sermon at my church a few Sundays back, and I have to admit, it was a challenge interpreting what I read in the Bible. But in doing so, I realized that, as people, we are so dead set in what we see, and so unquestioningly so, that we fail to realize that all of our views are part of a bigger picture and alone we only know so much.
Without further ado, here is that sermon.
Greetings and salutions in the name of the Lord.
This was something my Pop-Pop used to say every time he would pick up the phone. When I was a child, I thought this was funny, but now that I’m older, I find that it feels a bit more profound. It certainly feels good. Absolutely jubilant. Pop-Pop always listened to what God had to say.
Which brings me to my primary point. God has often tried to speak to us in any number of ways. Many a time has he called and we think it to be something, or someone, else. Just as Samuel did during his time serving Eli. Asleep, he’d hear God’s word, only to believe it to be Eli.
It leads me to wonder; How often do we go on with our lives, hearing God’s words. Seeing the signs, only to pass it off as something in our heads or an illusion? And how often beyond that do we keep it to ourselves? The Lord searches each of us out for a reason one time or another.
Now the beginning of the text also mentions that it was a time where communication from God was rare. No visions. No messages. I wonder if that’s something we all go through one time or another. For one reason or another. The thing is, just because you don’t sense him, it doesn’t mean he isn’t there.
When he reaches out, it’s just a matter of listening. Of course it’s human nature to feel proud and not reach out. Everyone wants to be the chief rather than the indian, right? It’s better to let pride give way to wisdom than to just power through it alone.
But what must we do to hear the call of God? Must we be devout in our faith? Of course, that’s what one would believe. But even those who know the bible inside and out can unwittingly close themselves off to God. I personally think that how much faith we have is trivial, as long as you have faith, period.
Though, of course, God knows us better than we even know ourselves. He knows our habits. He knows where we wander, and who’s to say he won’t meet us there? We can’t escape who we are as human beings, but we can at least make ourselves more productive in Christ. Help others to see what good can be done in faith. Become a positive influence for others. Sometimes, though, doing God’s work isnt the easiest. Doing the right thing doesn’t always mean it’s going to be easy.
Sometimes we have to see the fruits of God’s work to believe he’s truly there, typically. As human beings, we’re naturally cynical. Seeing is believing. This makes me think of the movie "The Polar Express", where the young boy questions the existence of Santa Clause, simply because he hasn’t seen him. The REAL him. The conductor, of course, comes back with this: “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
Sounds too good to be true, though. Or at least one would think. But look at some of the best moments of your life. Would you think that everything you did was just on your own? Did you not have a few moments where you fealt that it was truly an act of divine intervention? Maybe it was.
God’s message isn’t always one of convenience. It isn’t necessarily going to come come to you in the way you expect. But just because the message isn’t delivered to you in the way you want, it doesnt mean God isnt trying to speak to you or give you the answer you seek. Ultimately, it’s up to you to interpret the message.
Faith can be a complicated thing. One moment, it seems so simple. So easy. Then the next, complicated. Vexing, even. But if it were easy, we’d all be saints. Listen. Hear the good Word. The answer may not be right under your nose, but just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.