By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Some time ago I received an e-mail with a link to this video clip: In the video, we are introduced to the 29-year-old Sarah Churman from Texas. She was born deaf and after an operation in which a  high-tech hearing aid was implanted into her hearing canal, a nurse switches on the hearing aid so she can hear sound loud and clear for the first time in her life. Needless to say, it is a proper tearjerker.

Do you realize that we too sometimes, like Sarah, go through life deaf? Not deaf in the sense that we cannot hear sounds, but deaf to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He wants to talk to us daily, but if we don’t invite Him into our lives, we cannot discern his voice.

Similarly, we can go through life blind. Not blind in the sense that we cannot see, but blind to God’s miracles around us. In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul warns us that the enemy places a veil over our eyes to blind us so we do not see the light of the gospel.

Are you struggling to hear God’s voice or to see His goodness at work around you? Listen to Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18 where he confirms why He came to earth: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

Jesus cleansed us from our sins when He died on the cross for us. And after his ascension, He gave us the Holy Spirit as a gift to comfort and guide us in every situation. When we therefore invite the Holy Spirit to become a part of our lives, we might experience the same feeling Sarah did when hear His voice or see God’s miracles for the first time in our lives.

Let us invite the Holy Spirit into our lives:

Father God, thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit as a gift. I invite your Spirit to reside in me – to lead me and guide me and comfort me daily. Holy Spirit, open my ears to hear your voice and remove any veil from my eyes so I would be aware of where you are busy working around me. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

** BOOK LAUNCH OF WYSHEID, OORDENKINGS UIT SPREUKE by Benescke Janse van Rensburg: Saturday, 25 February 2012, Bellville. For more information, contact Karin at 021 949 7419 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

** Benescke Janse van Rensburg is a motivational speaker, freelance journalist and author of the books, Ontdek God in die stories van mense and also Wysheid, oordenkings uit Spreuke.