BIRTHDAY MONTH CHRONICLES! (Day 26)
HOW TO HEAR GOD!
I’ve participated in a few Bible studies on “Discerning the Voice of God,” and “How to Hear the Voice of God.” I even developed, and taught, a six-week Bible study on the topic. Yet, I’m trying to hear God’s voice on a specific matter and all I hear is silence. Who would have thought, or imagined, that silence could be so loud and do desolate? Yet, I know God speaks. I need to go back to basics.
“This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to Him.” (Matthew 17:5 NLT)
But His mother told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 5: 9 NLT)
Listen and obey. We are told to listen to Jesus and obey Jesus. If we are commanded to listen to Him that means He is speaking. I have to ask, what am I doing, or not doing, that I cannot hear?
Sometimes I think I don’t hear because I’m listening for a specific answer. You know, when WE pray, but you already know how you want God to answer and when you don’t hear that specific answer, we think He’s not speaking. The fact is, He is speaking. He’s just not saying what we want to hear. So, we are not truly listening.
While this has been a very challenging concept for me to grasp at times, I have come to realize God doesn’t need my help! He does, however, require my cooperation!
Again, I must return to basics.
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Matthew 6:6 MSG)
I need to quiet myself and remove myself from everything around me that would be a distraction. I’ve been too busy. I think I need a timeout with God!
“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God. I am honored among all the nations. I am honored over all the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 The Voice)
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” (Psalm 46:10 MSG)
I know I need even more time in His Presence. I just can’t get enough of Him. When my eyes are on Him then my perspective is correct.
I need to go back to my prayer room and lay the matter I mentioned in the beginning of this post, before Him with an open mind. I have to let God show me what to do instead of me trying to tell Him what to do or what outcome I’m looking for. One thing I’ve learned throughout my walk with the Lord, His way is always better than mine. It’s just that every now and then I forget what I’ve learned and have to be reminded!
Stay tuned, because God isn't finished with me yet! And I’m so thankful that He is not! The best is yet to come!
Be Encouraged! ❤