Receiving the Father’s signals

Receiving the Father’s signals

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. – Isaiah 30:21

Isaiah 30:15-20

 15 For this is what the master, the sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel says: “If you repented and patiently waited for me, you would be delivered; if you calmly trusted in me you would find strength, but you are unwilling.

 18 For this reason the LORD is ready to show you mercy; he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you. Indeed, the LORD is a just God; all who wait for him in faith will be blessed.

 20 The sovereign master will give you distress to eat and suffering to drink; but your Teacher will no longer be hidden; your eyes will see him.

Hall of Fame coach, Paul Brown, originated the use of NFL headsets in 1956. John Campbell and George Sarles approached him with an idea. They had developed a small radio receiver that could be placed inside a quarterback’s helmet, allowing for communication from the sideline.

It was first tested in a preseason game against Detroit. A Lions coach saw the transmitter and complained to the league. Commissioner Bert Bell outlawed the devices. They were banned for almost 40 years. In 1994, the NFL approved a radio communication system between the sidelines and the quarterback.

Today’s headsets are lightweight, comfortable, and durable. They allow coaches to communicate with each other on the sidelines and to relay play calls to the quarterback. One defensive player can receive communication from the opposing coach. The sound comes out of two round, orange speakers in the helmet, behind the quarterback’s ears. Since 2014 they are exclusively manufactured by Bose, using their noise-canceling technology.

Today, the modern game of NFL football utilizes continual communication between the coach and the leaders of the offense (QB) and the defense.

As children of the King, we are to employ continual communication as well. We speak to Him through prayer and intercession. He answers us in a myriad of ways to show us how to execute His game plan. He speaks through the Scriptures and through people He places into our lives. Some have the privilege of hearing his voice or experiencing dreams and visions. To be most effective, it is necessary to listen to the coach, our captain of the team.

It is the wisest, most prudent way to live.


The Father is the best signal caller there is. He has a terrific game plan conceived in eternity past. He has considered all contingencies for every situation. He always knows in advance what the opposition is planning to do

Father, You promised to guide me as I hear Your voice as I walk with You. Teach me to actively listen, trust, and follow You.


It is almost inevitable, that we stop listening, that we go our own way, and veer off course. When we wander off, like sheep that go astray, it has a deleterious effect on both our sight and hearing. It is though we were wearing very thick, dark sunglasses and earplugs. We are no longer tuned in to His broadcasting signal. Somehow or another we managed to get on a different frequency. Perhaps all we hear is silence or noise. Or worse, we hear many voices other than the Father’s speaking to us.

It matters not to the Father. He is always there to provide direction and guidance. That’s just Who He is.

2 Timothy 2:13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.

This is nothing less than pure grace. He promises to guide us when we but ask Him.

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Isaiah 30: 20-21

 20 The sovereign master will give you distress to eat and suffering to drink; but your Teacher will no longer be hidden; your eyes will see him.

 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  

But it takes more than seeing and listening. We have to really focus, hear, trust, and obey. Trying things that we think might work simply proves futile. Yet, we seem to be all too ready to place our trust in something other than the Father.

Psalms 33:16-17

 16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

 17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory– for all its strength, it cannot save you.

Yet, there is always the faithful few who strive to do the right thing no matter what. As they depend upon the Father alone, His faithful children seek to bask in the sunshine of His loyal love.

Psalms 33:18-22 

 18 The LORD takes notice of his loyal followers, on those who hope in his steadfast love.

 19 He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.

 20 We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield.

 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

 22 Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.

The Father’s faithful children wait in hope for deliverance from the Lord as their Help. They find enormous joy and fulfillment as they trust in Him. They pray that His unfailing love surrounds and embraces them.


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