LISTENING TO GOD’S VOICE
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8)
Listening to God is a spiritual skill few of us have mastered. On the one hand, it is as easy as reading God’s Word with an open heart and meditating on its meaning and application to our lives. But, listening to God is not only taking God’s Word into our hearts and minds. Listening to God means that we open our spiritual ears to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit to hear spiritual direction.
We live in a world of noise. Almost everywhere we go, we find sounds competing with our minds, keeping us from letting our thoughts get below the surface level. Hearing God’s voice means not listening to the noise of the world around us. In her book, Finding Focus in a Whirlwind World, Jean Fleming observed, “We live in a noisy, busy world. We have become a people with an aversion to quiet and an uneasiness with being alone.”
Silence and solitude are gifts from God we rarely take advantage of. We equate busyness with having meaning in our lives. We constantly are surrounded by “background noise.”
To hear God, we must lower the volume of life to discern His voice. One of my daily prayers is, “Lord, help me hear the gentle voice of Your Spirit above the incessant noise of the world.” Charles Stanley said, “You will always have God’s undivided attention.” But does He have ours? God listens when we pray, do we listen when He speaks?
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Application of God’s Truth
Begin your quiet times by opening God’s Word. Don’t just read for information; read to hear God. Then, ask God to reveal more of Himself and His will to you and just listen to what He says.