Listening For God
On February 9th I wrote a post called “That Kind of Obedience” that is getting some attention. In the comments on the post the issue of hearing God’s voice came up.
One commenter said: “Darn it, if I saw miracle bushes and heard booming voices, I could have that kind of faith too. Maybe I’m just blind and deaf to God’s advances?”
And another added: “I think most of the time we are not sure if we are hearing the voice of God, or the remnants of a dozen TV ads we saw and heard before we went to bed last night. Somehow I have the idea that Abraham never suffered from information overload.”
This got me thinking. Why do we not hear God’s voice as clearly as those old guys did? Is it a matter of God not speaking to people that way anymore? Or is the problem on our end? Do we not hear God’s voice because we’re not listening? We’re just too busy. Or is it a matter of not being able to hear God’s voice above the noise and clutter of our life? Do cell phones and radios and Ipods and TVs drown out the still small voice of our Lord?
Things to think about, for sure.
I think we 21st century citizens of the most productive nation on earth have lost the art of just being still. There’s always something to do, someone to meet, someplace to go. Who has time to sit and be quiet and listen for The Voice?
And yet we complain when we don’t hear His voice.
Here’s a challenge: find time this week to just be; get alone with no distractions (even if it means climbing in your closet and shutting the door) and listen. Be quiet and listen. I have a feeling you’ll be amazed at what you hear.