His Still Small Voice – Part 2
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
I once heard a pastor say that if His children do not heed His Word and His Spirit, then God will often speak through others and if we are still too obstinate and stiff-necked to heed, He will speak to us through our circumstances. But make no mistake, God loves us enough and desires relationship with us enough that He will speak often and consistently through various ways in order to lead and guide our lives! We must be willing to a) practice listening, b) discern His voice, c) Know His will, and d) expect Him to speak!
Do you recall Pastor Clay’s admonition to us this past Sunday? We were challenged to first, spend time with God, to talk with Him like a friend. Secondly, we were to ask questions, expecting to get answers right there! Lastly, we needed to give Him time to answer. Have you done that? If not, take some time now or over the weekend and do these three things. Have a true conversation with Jesus. Maybe record what you’re told or share it with a friend.
Throughout scripture, God paints a picture of His relationship with us as one who speaks to His children. The Christ followers and world changers who have gone before us called upon God and they waited eagerly and expectantly, ready to obey His voice, whether it came as a “voice of thunder” or a “still small voice”.
Are you listening? The dew is on the ground. The leaves are rustling. The sun is shining. And Jesus is waiting for you and I to simply come!
– Tammy ritter
Hearing from God – Things to consider
9. Don’t force it – Focus on developing a respectful relationship with God and wait for His timing to deliver messages to you. Also be aware that God will answer in His timing, not ours. God may know that you need to wait, and continue praying, before He gives you an answer.
10. Recognize that we won’t get it perfect – There may be times when we feel God has spoken, but later we recognize that it was our own thoughts. Don’t let that experience keep you from seeking Him. It takes time and experience to learn to hear the voice of the Lord in your life. When two people start a relationship, it takes time together to learn to communicate effectively. Remember it’s a journey!