When my best friend from high school was a little girl, her mother used to rock her in her arms and tell her, “Hana, there’s no one in the world like you. There’s no one in the world like you.” One day her mother over heard little Hana speaking to her baby brother in a sad tone of voice. Listening carefully she heard little Hana tell the baby, “Franky, no one in the world likes me.”
Poor girl. Can you imagine? She thought her mother was telling her over and over again that no one loved her. Apparently her mother was able to correct the misunderstanding and she seems to have turned out just fine. But it’s funny and sad at the same time.
We get these messages mixed up from Father God too, you know. God says, “Here are 10 rules about how to live your life and the rest of the Universe is one big YES!” But what we hear is, “Christianity is just a bunch of rules and things I can’t do. I never get to have any fun!”
God says to us, “I have good things planned for you. I am not planning to hurt you but to prosper you.” And we hear, “Bad things happen to you because God is punishing you.”
God says to us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” And we hear only silence.
Just like there was nothing wrong with what my friend’s mother was gently and lovingly whispering to her daughter, the break down in communication happened in HER young mind. So it is with God. There is nothing wrong or fickle or petty or petulent in what God tells us about Himself and about life, but we often experience a break down in understanding on our end of the line. That’s not God’s fault, that’s our fault. We have been listening to some lie from the Devil and not the pure truth from God.
So the next time you find yourself “hearing” something that causes your accusing finger to wave in the face of God, stop and ask yourself if there is a chance that you are once again listening to a message that is twisted and false instead of the pure truth from the Word of God. The problem is likely with your “hearing” and not with God at all.