“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (NIV)
Even if you are sitting in a quiet room there is sound all around you. Sound waves are conveying many sorts of music to your ears. But unless you flick a switch or press a button or activate a device you will hear nothing. Tuning in to a radio or downloading a piece of music will make these invisible sound waves come alive.
It is a bit like this when we consider the supernatural world. Beyond our immediate world of seeing and feeling and hearing is another world. A world of angels and even demons. A world where cosmic battles are being fought and won. A world where God is at work in ways we can scarcely comprehend.
Tuning into that world is not as easy as flicking a switch. Our immediate preoccupations may cause us to be deaf to that world. The sheer noise and activity of our world may make us oblivious. Or perhaps we are in fact sceptical about whether such a world exists at all because it is beyond our understanding.
Jesus rebuked the bible experts of his day for knowing both everything and nothing. All their expertise in the sacred writings didn’t mean they truly heard what God was saying through them. If we keep God at arm’s length, we will not tune into that world. Other things will matter more. The static of our circumstances may sadly keep us from hearing the life-giving sounds from the one who made us and loves us.