Matthew Undecided: Silent Signals

During my time in the Northwoods I started by completing the undecided plan on bible.com with my leader Asher.  I recommend this plan to anyone who is undecided about God.

Silent Signals

Right now, there are invisible waves swirling around your head. Television shows, radio programs, phone conversations and GPS coordinates relentlessly bombard the world around you. Most of them dissipate into the ground or pulse unnoticed into the empty darkness of space. In the midst of all that noise, you can sit outside and enjoy a quiet evening completely oblivious to the barrage. But if you flip on a radio, television or cell phone, the silence suddenly has meaning.

One of those signals swirling around your head right now is the voice of God. It’s not electronic. It can’t be measured with instruments or received by devices. Up to this point, you may not have noticed God’s voice, but it’s there.

The book of Job is a strange story in the middle of the Bible about a man who became angry with God when his life started falling apart. Job accused God of not speaking, but Job’s friend Elihu corrected Job’s perspective. “Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s words? For God does speak–now one way, now another– though no one perceives it,” (Job 33:13-14 NLT).

Elihu made a wise observation. God’s always speaking, but we’re not always listening. He speaks directly and indirectly. He speaks through dreams and through people. He speaks through pain and through joy. He speaks through life and through death. He’s always speaking, and today he’s talking to you. It’s really quite simple to hear him. All you need to do is turn on the only receiver you have that will pick up his signal — your spirit.

When Jesus was confronted by the religious leaders of his time for breaking their sacred rules, he responded with this statement. “And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice–the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live,” (John 5:25 NLT).

Take a look at your life. Can you recognize any circumstances God may be using to get your attention? Can you think of people God might have placed in your life to help you hear his voice? Read through the Bible passages in Job and John, and try to recognize all the ways God has been speaking that you may not have given much thought to before now.

Prayer

God, would you make your voice clear above the noise of my busy life? Help me recognize the people and events that you’re using to get my attention. Open my heart and my mind to understand these passages from the Bible.

 

Matthew of the Present

At the beginning of the year I got loved tapped in a grocery store parking lot when an expectant dad hit me.  Luckily I just had a few broken bones and both mommy and baby are healthy and happy.  As a gift from the family I got to spend  eight days in Michigan on a Journey to the Heart.  I was pretty uncomfortable when I was given the gift because I have never been religious before.  I spent most of the time getting into the 49 Biblical Character Qualities.  My leader, Asher, on the first day sat me down and explained that he was in a similar circumstance a few years ago.  He told me that he would not be standing here with me right now if it wasn’t for these eight days bringing faith back to him.  Then on the last day he gave me the book “The Battle Plan for Prayer”.  Then he suggested that I take my time getting back to the farm.  Go to the reunion and take in this experience fully.  I took his advice.  I did enjoy my time in the woods and everyone I met there.  I am going to build everything I learned to become a more spiritual person.  I am building on the Journey to the Heart to Journey to Matthew.

Matthew of the Past

My name is Matthew Eagan Hajek.  I was born March 20 1988.  I lived a pretty normal life.  I had the best parents.  I had two younger sisters.  I was in the band and played sports.  I was thinking about college.  I had been selected as a governor scholar.  During my last week of the program the rest of my family headed to Las Vegas for a dance competition.  I was going to meet them there.  I flew all the way there to find out they had all been murdered.  I finished my last year of high school with a close family.  Given how hard that year was college was not something I could have handled.  I decided to join the army.  I was in the army for six active years.  I did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I was super lucky to come home without a scratch on me.  After those years I just wanted to be alone.  I bought a couple tracts of land in Arkansas at auction.  I have spent the last couple of years tearing down the houses, cutting down the trees, and turning it into a farm.