Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Friday, November 16, 2018
Our Mission: Impacting the Kingdom of God one person at a time
Can You Hear Me Now?
By Pastor Dennis Felder
In 2001, Verizon Mobile came out with a commercial that shed light on a genuine technological issue that nearly everyone faced with their mobile phone service – BAD RECEPTION
To highlight this problem, they coined a phrase, “Can you hear me now?
17 years later, it is not uncommon to hear someone say, “Can you hear me now” as they struggle with poor phone service.

As I thought about this, I wondered how often God says this to us: “Can you hear ME now?
The issue has nothing to do with God’s connection, but ours.
The world that we live in and the lives that we live can often lead to a bad connection.
Yes, we may have a desire to hear from the Lord, but we have the responsibility to properly maintain the lines of communication. When we neglect this responsibility, we miss out on hearing the voice of God. I too have been guilty of creating poor reception.

As I ponder this deeper, I wonder what messages I have missed that the Lord wanted me to hear?
It is heartbreaking to realize that I have created such interference. I can only image the important words of my heavenly Father that went unheard because of my neglect.
The Scripture is a stark reminder of this behavior (Psalm 38:14a – I have become like one who does not hear, …).
Who knows, my life may be very different right now if I had kept open a clear line of communication with my Savior.
However, the saving grace to this bad reception is that I can still repair these broken lines of communication.
God still wants me to hear His words of urgency, His words of warning, His words of encouragement, and His words of love. He has no desire to disconnect the line.
In John 10:27 it says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
You see, God wants us to hear His voice so that we will follow the path He has laid out for us.
So, the next time God utters the words, “Can you hear ME now?” you can emphatically say, “Yes! I can hear you loud and clear!”