I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” The people with me saw the light but didn’t understand the voice speaking to me. – Acts 22:6-9
11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while flames from the mountain shot into the sky. The mountain was shrouded in black clouds and deep darkness.
12 And the LORD spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice.
An Israeli company is debuting a device that transmits crystal-clear audio directly to your brain without headphones.
Israel’s Noveto Systems, developed a cutting-edge audio system, SoundBeamer. It creates a personal sound bubble that allows you to hear 3D audio while continuing to experience and hear other sounds in your space. According to Noveto, the product’s sensing module locates and tracks your ear position, creating sound pockets in your ears by sending ultrasonic sound waves. You can program the bubble to move with you. The sound is available in stereo or 360-degree spatial 3D mode.
Noveto CEO Christophe Ramstein says it’s difficult to explain the SoundBeaming experience because “the brain doesn’t understand what it doesn’t know.” Project manager Ayana Wallwater explains, “You don’t believe it because it sounds like a speaker, but no one else can hear it . . . [while] you’re in the middle of everything. It’s happening around you” (AP, November 2020).
Sound Beamer seems like it is “straight out of a sci-fi movie.” However, it is in fact ancient technology that the Father God has used for millennia to communicate with His children.
The Scriptures are called the Word of God, and so they are. The Father provided the content to many different people in many different ways.
1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.
3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.
REFLECT & PRAY
“The heart of every problem is a problem in the heart” (Wiersbe).
Father I see within myself how easy it is to be deceived by sin, harden my heart, and not hear You. Encourage me to keep my heart soft and my ears open.
The Father is still speaking today. He speaks to us from His word. He speaks to us in dreams and visions. Some children of the King have the privilege of hearing His voice audibly or inaudibly within their minds and spirits.
But in order to hear, you have to be tuned in. And that is a matter of the heart. We must be willing to hear. And then willing to obey the truth that we are given. The book of Hebrews is explicitly clear concerning this.
“The writer to the Hebrews has just been attempting to prove the unique supremacy of Jesus, and now he replaces argument with exhortation. He presses upon his hearers the inevitable consequence of this unique supremacy. If Jesus is so uniquely great, it follows that complete trust and complete obedience must be given to him. If they harden their hearts and refuse to give him their obedient trust, the consequences are bound to be terrible” (Barclay).
7 That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,
8 don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness.”
9 “There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years.”
10 “So I was angry with them, and I said, ‘Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’”
11 “So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”
12 Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.
13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
Psalms 95:7 For he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would hear and listen to his voice today!
The Father is our Shepherd, we are His sheep. Invite Him to speak and be willing to hear and obey.
The Father has made us a tremendous offer. And any child of the King can accept it. He offers the blessings of a life which is far beyond the life that can be lived without Him (Barclay).
12 This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.
13 It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.
14 Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.
15 A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.
16 The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say,
17 “Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?”
18 If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness,
19 how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.
Today is always the right day to hear, trust, and obey. Tomorrow may never come.