“He never talks to me”,”I just don’t hear His voice “,”I get silence every time I try to listen”.
These phrases and more, people share when I talk to them about hearing God’s voice.
Some say, “Well, God could just speak whenever He wants. Why stop, be still, and invite the voice of God?”
The best one yet? “I don’t need to still myself in His presence. If God is Sovereign, He will talk to me, despite what I am doing.”
I have been married nearly twenty-five years. When I wake, if my husband is home, we talk, eyes meeting, and enjoy conversation back and forth.
In the evening before sleeping, we recount the day, isolate ourselves to our room, just my husband and myself, talking or just quietly praying for our children.
Mid-day we talk often about life, our family, faith, or politics.
I talk to my husband, one-on-one constantly throughout the day.
I can’t imagine a marriage where only one person is talking, or the other isn’t listening, can you? Yet, sometimes we treat God like a missing spouse, or like we are just too busy to communicate with Him at all.
In marriage, there are some things my husband and I can only discuss in private. We communicate honestly and personally best when no one else is around or looking.
Yet, why in our relationship with God, do we think God can just “chase us” if He wants to talk to us? Why do we assume in our business, if He is Sovereign, He will somehow interrupt us and make us listen?
And I wonder…
- Shouldn’t we have open dialogue with our Bride Groom, just like in a actual marriage?
- Aren’t there conversations far too intimate; thoughts, plans, purposes, desires that are kept between you and the one your in communion with?
- Isn’t there a big difference between interrupted time, and solitude in the presence of the person you love?
- Aren’t there times of just stillness, sitting in His presence, where hearts just connect in a way they can’t, in the noise?
And yet, some fill their lives with chaos and then wonder why they can’t hear God.
Mother Teresa, a saint who gave her life to help the poor in Calcutta, fell into deep depression, never felt or heard God in the last half of her life. What a tragedy.
“I feel just that terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing”, confessed Mother Teresa.
Imagine serving God for years, but never hearing His voice or feeling He is near. Imagine any marriage where there is a sense that one spouse has loss communication or emotionally abandoned you.
Is there anything more tragic or unhealthy?
- God is not like man; who leaves and fails us.
- He is not some loved one whose ventured off and never returns.
- He is not a like a husband, we can’t get a hold of.
- He isn’t some distant Savior who left this world, and refuses to reach us, though we beckon daily and call for Him constantly.
God is near us. He is with us. He walks through the valley of darkness and promises to never leave us.
If we can’t hear God could it be because sin, noise, or our own insistence on not listening…vs. Him not being there?
If we save the world, but fail to hear the Father, won’t we end our life with emptiness, just like Mother Teresa?
God says, “My sheep WILL hear my voice, I KNOW them, & they will FOLLOW me.” (John 10:27)
I don’t care how hard my husband works for me. If he was gone, laboring tirelessly, if He gave me every possession, but never sat down to talk or communicate with me, where would our relationship be?
I always tell my husband, I would rather sell everything and live in a trailer, than to have a husband I barely see, know, or talk to.
In the same way with God…
- Are we too busy to hear His voice?
- Do we labor and work, and serve with our life, like Mother Teresa, but fail to hear that still, small voice?
- Have we been striving, but refuse to surrender our will to KNOWING Him, being in relationship with the wonder of His incredible love?
- Do we have religious duty down, but fail to tune our ears to His voice, embracing fully the richness of real, intimate relationship with Him?
Oh friends, God still speaks to us today.
Brother Lawrence preaches, “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.”
Mother Teresa even admitted, “Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.”
Thankfully, God spoke and still speaks to us today in these 8 ways…
- Through Scripture – The clearest way God still speaks to us today.
- People’s circumstances, which should always be in agreement with Scripture (i.e. Jonah, closed and open doors etc.)
- Other people and even animals (i.e. Biblical prophets of both the Old and New Testament, Balaam’s donkey, etc.)
- The still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. (i.e. Acts, 1 Kings, Isaiah, prayer etc.)
- Angels (i.e. Zachariah, father of John the Baptist, Mary, the Shepherds, etc.)
- Dreams (i.e. Daniel, Joseph son of Jacob, Nebuchadnezzar, Joseph the adopted father of Jesus, Jacob etc.)
- Visions (i.e. Isaiah, Ezekiel, Paul, Stephen, Daniel etc.)
- Audible voice of God (i.e. Jesus, Moses at the burning bush, receiving the commandments, in the tent amidst the Ark of the Covenant, other prophets etc.)
Still don’t hear God? Humble your heart, repent, practice the presence of God, or simply wait in humility until you hear that still, small voice.
God wants more than good behavior or good works. He longs for heartfelt, genuine relationship with you.
Ask Him to speak to you, wait, and listen….
You may be amazed when you experience….God still speaks today…
Like a bridegroom, longing to be near, YOU, the one who He loves desperately.
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