Listen to Him
If there is anything that will define our generation, it is the desire for and the availability of information. It is readily accessible – at the click of a button, you can find out what the weather will be like in Siberia one week from now (freezing cold of course).
Karl Barth, a famous Swiss theologian, once said “take your bible and your newspaper and read both”. Throughout the day I will visit the CNN and BBC and a number of Zimbabwean news websites. So I’m constantly getting the latest updates on world events.
And the news is often quite depressing. You read of the extreme weather patterns affecting the whole world – this recurrent phenomenon named El Nino, which is causing heat waves in Zimbabwe and devastating floods in the UK. You read of Boko Haram, and how they have killed more people than ISIS in the last two years running. They tell you that the drought and famine in sub-Saharan Africa is no longer just a prediction, but a certain reality.
Closer to home, the economists and financial analysts are saying that Zimbabwe’s economy is going to sink even lower. And for a country that has hit rock bottom, you wonder how it can get any more difficult.
Personally, each of us has situations in our lives whose outlook does not look promising. Perhaps ill-health and death’s shadow constantly darken your doors. Maybe you are out of work or have been looking for something better for a while, to no avail. The evidence before you does not give you any reason for joy or comfort.
And much of that evidence is indeed true.
But unlike the Israelites, you may not be seeking the smooth lies and comfortable false assurances of horoscopes and n’angas. You have done an honest evaluation of where you are and what you are facing and are under no illusions.
To your credit and commendation, you have not gone to seek after the sweet promises of the so called modern day prophets. You have not paid to hear their false guarantees nor have you gone to drink for the wells of their intoxicating lies.
The evidence that trouble lies ahead this year is as clear as day. But, even though Karl Barth said you must have the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other, he also went on to say “But interpret newspapers from your Bible”.
Let the word of God be the glasses through which you look at your life and the world around you. Zechariah 10:3 declares that the Lord Himself is your Shepherd. And in John 10 verse 14 and 27, this truth is echoed by Christ “I am the good Shepherd…and my sheep listen to my voice”.
Listen, not to the voice of your worries and concerns, real as they maybe, but to the strong, firm and enduring voice of God.
Therefore I commend to you three things by which you shall hear Him clearly.