Hearing Beyond “Wah, Wah”

by Joanna Pierce on March 30, 2016

Do you ever go through days when everyone sounds like the “wah, wah” voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher? The intricate, complex sounds of the English language become blurred, float through one ear and out the other, without any comprehension on our part whatsoever.

We all have an innate ability to bypass processing words spoken to us. As children, we employ this ability more often when our parents, teachers, or other authority figures try to communicate with us. As adults, we exercise this talent when taking care of our children, during budget meetings at work, and—very shockingly—when our spouse speaks to us after a long hard day…

It’s almost like a magic switch we have in our brain. We can turn it on or shut it off at will. Evidence suggests we have a greater propensity to flip this switch when we hear people talking (not just during times of white noise). But, alarmingly we have the audacity to do this during the moments when we should be listening more attentively than any other time during our waking moments. A time when this switch should never be turned off—a time when our Creator speaks.

I hope you’re not thinking, “That’s not true; I always listen.” Because, do you really?

Many times we get so caught up in the cares of this life we forget to listen for God. Or, heaven forbid, we no longer find the voice of God worth listening for. We’re distracted by everyone and everything else, that when God speaks, we don’t hear it, it doesn’t move us, or it doesn’t convict us.

Too often, we allow for God’s voice to drift on by—we choose not to comprehend what He says, internalize it, and apply it to our walk with Him. Plainly, we choose not to hear.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 11:15, KJV).

Scripture accounts more than once the importance of “hearing.” God has given us the basic ability to hear—we have ears. But, hearing goes well beyond just the fundamental basics.

I would venture to say Charlie Brown only heard the tromboned “wah, wah” of his teacher’s voice as just a sound. He didn’t process in his brain what was being said.

The word hear in the Greek means to properly listen to and comprehend. We are to consider what is said and yield to obey the voice. Why hearing is good practice in our day-to-day interactions with others, this is a must with God.

We must obediently listen for the still small voice of the Lord (I Kings 19:12). Once, identified, we need to push beyond the sound of God’s voice and allow His Words to find a lodging place in our hearts. We should meditate on the Words we hear night and day (Psalms 1:2).

Don’t let God’s voice become a “wah, wah” that gets caught up in the white noise of your life. Listen for Him diligently—have ears to hear.