Understanding the Message

An old story is told about a young man who applied for a job as a telegraph operator. He had seen an ad in the newspaper and since he knew morse code and was qualified, he went to the telegraph office. When he entered, there were seven others already waiting. A sign on the receptionist's door directed applicants to fill out an application and wait to be called in for an interview. In the background, he could hear the constant clicking of the telegraph key. After a few minutes, he got up, walked across the room, and went into the receptionist's office. The other applicants were confused and expected him to be reprimanded for cutting the line. Much to their surprise, however, he soon came out accompanied with the interviewer, who announced to those in the waiting area, "Thank you all for coming, but the position has just been filled." In astonishment, they asked why. "Because the entire time you have been in here, the telegraph operator has been ticking out the following message: ‘If you understand this, then come right in. The job is yours.’"

All of the other applicants were so busy doing what they thought they were supposed to be doing that they didn't understand the message that was being sent to them. There is a message that is being sent to us as well. The Bible says, "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (Isaiah 30:21). Do you hear this voice? Or are we, as Christians, so busy playing church and doing what we think we're supposed to be doing that we fail to follow the still small voice of the Holy Spirit? How many people have we not helped because we aren't paying attention? How many divine appointments have we missed because we aren't listening? Do you understand the message?

Listening for His voice,

Pastor Sutherland