Hearing God’s Voice

Sakura Tree

 

Many of us go along in life, merrily following our own plans, dreams and goals. Then when we reach a fork in the road, hit a boulder we can’t get around or over, or fall off a precipice without a parachute, we turn to God.

 

Then, it is hard to hear His voice. We think He is ignoring us or does not care. We know that His plans are better than ours, and we do want to follow His will; but we are so used to following our human understanding that we cannot readily hear His direction (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

We want to know and follow His truth, yet it seems that He is aloof and disconnected from us. We feel frustrated, and even angry or resentful. We vehemently cry out to him over and over, and quote scripture at Him in an attempt to force Him to immediately come to our rescue.

 

We eventually get tired of demanding; then, we get still, and we acknowledge that He is God. When we quiet our soul and spirit, we can hear His voice, and we think, “Finally!” Yet, it is not God who changes, it is us.

 

He never leaves or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5). He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is constantly watching over each one of us, and sees every moment of our life before it even happens (Psalm 139:16).

 

Our goal is to walk in this serenity every moment of the day. We stop relying on our human resources, and consulted Him for His will with every breath we take, not just when we have some emergency (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

God always speaks clearly. We eventually learn to hear His voice, and to stop allowing the chaos of life and our own thoughts and reasoning to drown out His directives and guidance. We even learn to enjoy His presence and the moments of companionable silence that we share.

 

Our life runs more smoothly, we experience fewer catastrophes, we recognize that He plants a seed for a miracle in every trial, and we feel His presence and His love pouring over us like a waterfall every moment of every day.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that the human cliché, “God helps those that help themselves” is a lie from the pit of hell that Satan fashioned to keep us from walking in Your will every single moment of our day. I heard a preacher say, “If you do not start the car, you will never get out of the driveway.” That principle is not found in Your Word.

 

Practically, it may sound true, but it is not a Biblical concept, nor is it Your will for our life. Teach us to wait on You, trust in You with our whole heart, and not to rely on our human perception (Proverbs 3:5-6). We are the sheep of Your pasture, and You are our good Shepherd. We only learn to hear Your voice and follow it, when we consult You every moment of the day (Psalm 100:3).

 

Thought of the Day:

As we spend each moment of our day praising our Daddy God, meditating on His Word, and journaling our thoughts, desires and emotions in order to keep the thoughts of our heart from drowning out His quiet, firm voice, we live in the center of His will – continually hearing His direction, and walking in His ways.

-1 Kings 19:9-12

 

 

 

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