"Can You Hear IT?"
September 16, 2005
“I want you all to find a quiet place alone on this mountain top,” said our expedition leader. “I want you to ask God how much He loves you and listen for His voice.” “Yeah, right,” I thought; but I figured, why not – might as well give it a shot. Looking out on the splendor of Mt. Sneffels, I found a lonely place and sat down to listen. Much to my surprise, a still, quiet Voice drifted in on the edge of the wind into the recesses of my mind! The Father spoke to me softly and gently as a strong wind brushed my face. The Voice plunged into my soul and touched my heart. IT said, “Gary, you are loved; you’re free. You don’t have to perform for anyone ever again. I am with you. Don’t lose heart. I love who you are; I love the man I created you to be.” I wept.God does sometimes speak in storms, through nature, or in the circumstances of our lives. And I know He always comes to me in the truth of His Word. But on that day, His Voice whispered to me on the wings of a golden eagle, in the majesty of high places, and in a small Voice echoing a fiery love so unimaginably wonderful.Hard to believe, isn’t it? Even I thought I was making the whole thing up. After all, God actually talking to me; God’s heart reaching out to me, a broken sinner with all my mistakes? Outrageous! You think so too? Then look at these Words and believe!*”As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our sins from us.” Psalm 103:12.*”The Lord is gracious & compassionate, slow to anger & rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.” Psalm 145:8-9.*”God loves you & me so much that He gave us His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will never die, but have eternal life. God didn’t come into this world to condemn us, but that we might be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17.*”God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5This is the Lord God Almighty speaking, not some feel-good hack. He is the God who made these awesome mountains we enjoy; He is the One who causes the human spirit to soars on wings like eagles! He is the Lord who created that heart beating in your chest right now longing for something greater, hoping for something beyond this planet! And He waits for you to call…and listen as the Lord says:”Call to Me, & I will answer you, and show you great & unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3.God knows you inside out; better than you know yourself. Even as you read these words, He hopes you will call out to Him. But you’ve got to listen; you’ve got to let go of that image you’ve built for yourself, and trust His love for you. Don’t let your past, religious legalists, or the lies of our culture drown out God’s Voice in your heart. Remember when you were a child? Remember when you laughed out loud and ran free? As children, we played with God as He reached down and chased us! Yet, as adults, we’ve lost our way. We grew callous and cluttered our lives. The simplicity of our childhood and the ability to hear His Voice vanished. What happened? We misplaced our very hearts.Let me encourage you to stop, be still, ask God, and listen. Ask Him what He thinks of you and don’t listen to the lies from your past. Let no one stifle God’s Voice as He speaks words of joy, freedom, and compassion into your soul. Regardless of what any church, religion, unbeliever, or parent may tell you, we CAN see our One True Father in the majesty of these mountains, in the glory of the sunrise and sunset, and in the refreshing wind stroking your face. But listen – do you really want to hear His Voice in a way that will change your life forever? Then believe God’s heart for you and follow Jesus Christ! “You will know the Truth, & the Truth will set you free!” John 8:32. He IS pursuing your heart; let Him have it. Then you most certainly will experience the greatest adventure of an eternity!*(Gary Wingo leads the Seekers Fellowship, currently on a seasonal break.)Vail, Colorado