Without a Voice
Do you hear what I hear?
Imagine suddenly you have lost your voice; how will you communicate your feelings to the world around you? I suppose most of us have lost our voice in some way or to some extent before, perhaps from straining our vocal chords while supporting the home team or due to illness.
This is only a small part of what I want to share with you; I want to speak of our spiritual voice, that voice that speaks to God or the groans that speak to Him, as in the 26th verse from the eighth book of Romans: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Speak and be Heard!
Shout if Necessary!
You must have heard the saying "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound"? Did you know this saying originates from a philosophical question? It is a statement that asks for an answer of "do we believe in what we can not perceive?" This is a mega question in my opinion and this is the perfect form of 'faith' as a statement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Treatise_Concerning_the_Principles_of_Human_Knowledge
Surely "Silence is Golden", but to what purpose will it serve if we can not deliver a clear and concise message?
Lately, I have had a bunch to say about sin and repentance; that brings about another fold to this question of silence and that would be "do your prayers go unanswered because of sin"? Look to the above verse from Romans, can you not see we do have an Intercessor?
Desperately I want God to hear and answer my prayers, whether they are for someone else or for myself and with equal or greater enthusiasm I will try to lead a life that is pleasing to Him, but I bring forth my best, even after showing my worst as in times of weakness. Should we think God so unlike the rest of the world, as a Listener, albeit Jehovah Shama (Shaw Mah') -being One in the same as a God who hears us-who would hear complaint after complaint and without praise, as if a ungrateful child?
Do you know Zechariah; the father of John the Baptist, he could not speak because of unbelief of the future birth of his son (NT)... Look at Hannah (OT); wife of Elkanah and mother to Samuel; the prophet and priest, she was seen praying, but no words were uttered from her mouth and she appeared drunk!
Fortunately, for some including myself, we can look to God as our Father. A God so good that He can see beyond our blunders and recognize our true heart and all this without us making more sound than a tear rolling off our cheek or a sigh when we know we have wronged. Going back to the beginning of this writing, regardless of what others might say (perception), if your heart is truly devoted to God He will hear you and He will comfort you (prodigals), every time!