a long time ago, God described His people like this, "you've seen a lot, but looked to nothing. you've heard everything, but listened to nothing to nothing." (isaiah 42:20) that may still be a good description for many of us today. maybe the reason we have stopped really listening is that the message of the loudest voices seems, at best, trivial and, at worst, debilitating. the message of our culture is competitive. for many of us, the message in our home is critical, and the message of the enemy is coercive. is there a voice out there that is really worth listening to?
we believe that there is. it's a voice that comes with creative energy and echoes down through generations. it's the voice of a father, the first father. it's the voice of a friend, a true friend. it's the voice of a lover, a faithful lover. it's a voice from home, our eternal home.
--ffh and rich stevenson
without hearing that audible voice from God, we don't have any identity. we have no way to function. "pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life nourishing words. i'm making an everlasting covenant with you." (isaiah 55:3)
He wanted us to identify with him and understand that we're His creation...that we are worth something.
all that He asks of us is that we listen.