Faith comes by hearing

The word “hear” in the Hebrew language is more than just the perception of sound. When the Hebrew people sang “Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One (Deuteronomy 6:4)”, the word “hear” is “shema” which carries the meaning of obedience. In other words, if you said that you heard God’s voice, received a revelation or teaching, and you did not follow through in obedience, you did not hear it in the first place at all.

When we read Romans 10:17 that “faith comes by hearing”, the apostle Paul was recording this in common Greek but he would be aware of his own Hebraic language and tongue and would have understood it as faith comes by “shema” – listening and following through.

It has become Pentecostal-speak that “God speaks all the time” to the point where we are unsure if it means that He is like a radio that plays all the time and we decide to tune in and out, as and when we fancy, or that God chooses to speak at the opportune moments when we choose to take the time to listen.

God puts upon us the onus to listen and follow through, and when we do so, He moves in to do what He does best. He constantly calls us into the place of hearing and following through because He is pleased when we walk by faith and not by sight.

What is God challenging you to step into today?

Perhaps it is to trust Him to come through for you and not be anxious in striving to get where you want to get to in your own efforts. Perhaps it is trusting that He will guide your path and that even if you do not seem to be going on the right track, that He will order your steps.

Remember, that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Listen and follow through. He will journey with you in your decision to follow through.