20th October 2013

He Hears Your Voice 

“Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?”
Psalm 94:9 (NIV UK) 

A rancher was having lunch with a friend near Times Square in New York City. The streets were filled with noise. There were people everywhere—talking to each other or on mobile phones. Music was coming from several stores, and their was constant noise of cars, busses and trucks. Horns blared, doors slammed, sirens wailed; the sounds of the city were almost deafening. 

In the midst of all this noise, the rancher cocked an ear and said, “I hear a dog whining.” His friend was incredulous. “With all the noise in this city, you can’t possibly hear a dog whining.” “No, I’m sure of it,” the rancher said. “I hear a dog and it sounds as if it’s in pain.” 

The rancher listened carefully for a moment, and then headed down an alley. He picked up his pace as he noticed a pile of pallets which had been knocked over. By this time, they both could hear the whining, and together they started moving debris until they found a small dog that had been trapped when the pallets fell. 

“I can’t believe you heard that dog in all this noise,” his friend said. The rancher explained: “My ears are tuned to listening for animals. Just by listening I can tell when one of my cows is in labour, when one of the sheep is stuck in the fence or when a coyote is getting near the hen house. It’s what I’ve tuned my ears to listen for.” 

Hearing this story reminds me that God has tuned his ears to hear us. There are times when we feel like that small dog trapped under the debris of life that have fallen down on us. We don’t see a way out and we cry out: “In my distress I called to the Lord, I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6). 

Another Psalm says, “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice, he heard my cry for mercy” (Psalm 116:1). There are several more scriptures that speak of God hearing our voice and responding. I find this comforting and encouraging. 

God has tuned his ears to hear your voice. He allows nothing to get in the way of him hearing your cry—not even sin. Whether you feel like a small puppy trapped under a pile of pallets, or you are simply seeking to know God better, you can be assured his ears are tuned to your voice.

Sovereign Father, thank you that in your mercy and graciousness you have focussed your attention on us, your children. You who seems so high have stooped to men of low estate—and for this we bless and praise your name.  In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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