This view is emphasised as Christ becomes the incarnated one and the word becomes flesh. In John's Gospel, a voice his heard from heaven, as a sign to those present (Jn 12.28-30) misheard as thunder or mistaken for angelic voices. It is as if the people were not used to hearing directly from God as in the days of Moses. Direct intervention into our lives is something of the past but with God's pedagogic change from direct instruction to a more subliminal instruction of the heart this is to be expected. This change from an authority figure that directs instruction to one that coaxes our hearts towards obedience is not one that we have totally accepted within our faith lives. We are often still reliant on the authority figure to pass on their perceptions rather than allow the gentle instruction of God's presence to take root in our hearts and soften them into love of those around us. Even our education systems struggle with these concepts and on how best to have students learn so that they can move forward into their lives expanding their own knowledge and abilities whilst encouraging others.
Do we follow our hearts to God or do we have to be ordered?
The change that God encompasses is from an almost authoritarian stance to one that encourages our own encompassing of love within our own hearts. A move from a junior school scenario where what the teacher says is true to a more adult understanding of exploration of our own hearts to find God's ultimate presence expressed in our love for others. This move is likened by the writer of the Hebrew's letter explaining that babies are fed milk while more substantial food is reserved for adults (Heb.5.13-14). In our own ways we occasionally need the direction as a child needs boundaries set but it must eventually give way to our own growth and exploration. Should we transgress the boundaries in adulthood then we must suffer the consequences of our transgression. Such consequences are found in our falling away from community and the love of a community around us that supports us through our lives.
By building on the love of God and the acceptance of the other into our lives we begin to re-orientate ourselves in terms of our communal responsibilities and the presence of God in our lives. This may mean that we step back towards childhood and require re-direction and the sustenance of milk and authority figures, but God is forever changing and guiding us in our own need to change. It is when we become stuck in the ruts of our own imaginations that we begin to fall away from relationship and God's presence. Let us perceive ourselves more as adults that enjoy God's lure into a changing future that evolves with our growing community and love.