Hearing God speak: Stop, look, listen

We live in a world of busyness; work, errands, commitments, exercise, household and relational demands, and entertainment. From the rising of the sun, until the evening lights are dimmed, we are busy.

Our cultural tendencies toward busyness impact our lives in various ways; including our ability to know and hear God.  All too often, we slot brief prayers in between activities while quietly wondering why God seems distant, or possibly even disinterested, in the things we bring before Him. If you’ve been feeling disconnected from God, you may find the following points worth personally pursuing.

God wants to have a relationship with you; a relationship in which you discover and experience His love for you. This relationship begins by inviting Jesus Christ to come into your heart. A simple, yet sincere prayer in which you acknowledge that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23) in need of being cleansed of the sin that separates you from God, coupled with your desire to turn from sin and live out God’s will for your life.

After you’ve taken this step to stop doing life on your own, look to God’s Word for guidance on His will for your life. Have courage to ask someone you respect to help you discover what God desires to say to you through His Word.

Listen. How? Set aside time during your day in which you are intentionally still (Psalm 46:10). In these moments, read a few verses in your Bible, or in a devotional book that contains Scripture, and then ask God to ‘speak’ to you through His Word. Is there something you read that is a promise, an encouragement, or a caution, for you to take to heart? If so, that is God speaking to you regarding His will.  It may be that He is inviting you to see a word of instruction that can impact your relationship with Him. For example, in 1 Peter 5:7 we’re invited to bring our concerns to Him in prayer, and leave them with Him. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Hebrews 12:1-2, and Philippians 4:8 we are encouraged to discipline our thoughts and seek a fixed focus on His Truth. If we dismiss time with God, and time reading His Word, we will be unable to discern His voice amidst the busyness of life. This leaves us vulnerable to believing lies about God, ourselves, others, and His will.

Desirous to be closer to God and to hear Him speak? Then consider the following: Stop simply fitting God into your schedule and prioritize moments with Him, look into His Word, and ask Him to speak into your life, and then Listen.