I wouldn’t say I am an expert on this topic, not even close and I know there are so many sermons out there about discerning the voice of God. Sometimes I think we, or at least I, can make it so complicated that it becomes a checklist to hear his voice. And I believe it’s not complicated at all.
I have experienced my heart grow in fear that I would miss his leading, his voice. It was almost like it became a game or puzzle, where if I lost a piece or missed a turn, the play would be over. But, it’s not like that.
See the thing about our Jesus, is that he wants us to hear him. He’s not some kind of puzzle or game with directions. He is a being, someone we can talk to, listen to, sit and laugh with, do life with.
He speaks to us each day, he is always quietly or sometimes loudly (you know we get stubborn) speaking to us. He is so good and patient with us.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
If he wants you to make a certain decision or if he wants to send you somewhere, he will make it clear to you.
Our job though is to be in tune with him; to give time each day to him seeking his presence, seeking him through prayer, reading his word, building that relationship. As we build that relationship we begin to know his voice, he begins to teach us his voice.
As we devote time to him each day, you begin to know each other. His voice begins to become greater than the distractions of the world as you tune yourself into his heavenly presence.
Sometimes it can be hard to shut off all those distractions, but he wants us to ask for his help. Ask him to help you be devoted to yours and his relationship, to make time for him, ask him for a desire to seek him. Ask him to create that intimacy, knowing one another. Ask him to quiet you in his love and help you hear his voice.
“The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”
I know that sometimes the busyness and distractions of life can flood your world and we begin to lose that time with him, forget it, say we will have quiet time tomorrow or whatever it may be. But we need him each day. He wants you, he wants to be with you so run back to him. He is waiting.
Make this relationship your priority. Let his voice be the first thing you hear in the morning. Because with him the whole rest of the day falls into his place, he is your rock and cornerstone. He will lead you and guide you, be your hope and confidence, the love that surrounds you in each moment.
lessons learned in 2016.