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Is it a Failure to Communicate or a Failure to Listen?

posted Apr 24, 2017, 3:55 PM by Kelly Griffin
“How do you spell toad?” one first-grader asked. Teacher replied, “T-O- A-D.” Later the teacher found: “I toad my mom I wanted a dog for my birthday.” Something got lost in the communication!

Is it possible the same is true between us and God?

Most people, myself included, don’t get direct, verbal messages from God. He doesn’t text, tweet, email or do neon signs! So how might God communicate?

Is it possible that creation is one means of “hearing” Him? And indeed, when one considers the unimaginable magnitude of a universe composed of billions of galaxies, all comprised of tiny individual atomic universes, might we not catch a first glimpse of His greatness?

Could this all really have happened by chance? If the “Big Bang” gives a scientifically possible explanation for a beginning, what explains where the mass and energy necessary to create such an event came from in the first place? What explains the extreme fine-tuning of hundreds of variables necessary to sustain human life – a miracle of precision not explainable by any reasonable probability theory, even given billions of years?

What explains the six feet of DNA tightly coiled inside every one of our body’s 100 trillion cells, each cell containing more information than the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, all stored in a computer-like 4-digit chemical alphabet, whose letters combine in various sequences to form meaningful information that uniquely defines that individual?

Could the physical universe be the Creator saying, “Pay attention to this amazing display of my creative power, personality and love in creating this environment for you”? Is that not at least as plausible, if not more so, than saying it all happened by chance? Doesn’t this confirm the Apostle Paul’s comment in Romans 1:20: "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse”?

Furthermore, is it not possible that this Creator has communicated in words? Could the Bible be what it claims to be – “the Word of the Lord”? Is it not rooted in a verifiable, historical context as no other religious writing? Does it not show evidence of divine authority in many ways including the casual revelation of many scientific facts hundreds of years before human verification? Is it not unique in the unity of its progressive message though written by more than 40 authors of varying backgrounds over a period of 1600 years? Is not the precision of its prophetic declarations and fulfillments unprecedented in human history?

Is it not also possible that this Creator has gone even further in communicating with His creation through the most widely known figure in human history – Jesus of Nazareth? Is it possible that the claim of Hebrews 1:1-3 is true? “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Heb 1:1-3).

Are those claims not proven by the death of resurrection of Jesus – confirmed by the empty tomb, the changed lives of the disciples, the triumph of the church over Roman power, and the powerful, credible eyewitness accounts?

Is it not possible that it’s not a case of God not communicating, but a case of our not listening?

Howie Mandel says, “Traveling at twice the speed of sound is fun – except you can’t hear the movie till two hours after your land.” I hope none of us are traveling so fast in this life that we don’t hear God’s communication concerning the next until – too late! Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Luke 8:8). Happy listening!

Published in The Tribune on March 18, 2017.