September 17, 2019

I really feel sorry for our sound technicians because they have to make my voice understandable in both a large sanctuary and a praise and worship center. That’s not easy because my voice sounds like a Muppet with a head cold. I don’t mike well and by the end of the three worship services, the sound techs are panting, sweating profusely, drinking Gatorade, and thinking about changing churches.

What makes this even more challenging is that some of our members either have hearing aids that don’t seem to work, or need hearing aids and don’t have them.

These past two weeks, Doug has come to the worship services earlier than usual so that we can conduct a sound check to make sure he can hear.

Two weeks ago, we did a sound check. Doug could hear perfectly. Then, right before the service started, he moved to a different part of the sanctuary.

This past Sunday, Doug sat where he was supposed to.

After the service, I asked Doug if he had been able to hear. He told me the sound was much better but Cathy had told him she couldn’t hear a thing. I found that interesting because five minutes earlier, Cathy had told me what a great sermon I had preached. I agreed.

Do you ever have trouble hearing God? There are a lot of times I pretend I don’t hear God because usually when I do hear, it is inconvenient. I either have to swallow my pride, give money to alleviate someone’s suffering, or even worse, give of my time.

Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28)

My prayer for you is that you hear God’s word for your life and you follow his call. Then, even though your life will not be perfect, it will be blessed. That’s what matters.

Also, I need to set up another meeting with our sound techs. While I am not overly concerned about members of the congregation hearing my sermons, which are the greatest sermons in the history of sermons, I am concerned that they can hear me call the ushers to the front to take the offering.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, let me hear you speak to the circumstance of my life. Give me the resolve, wisdom, and strength to hear and obey. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Listen for God’s voice. It is there.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins