Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hearing God: He Still Speaks

Hearing God: He Still Speaks

Scripture: John 10:3-5, 27

The Good Shepherd speaks to His sheep and they hear Him. A common hindrance to hearing God is anxiousness about hearing Him. The first step to hearing God is the simple assurance that God will speak and He will do it in a way that we can hear. Being in a strain, trying hard to hear God, will make it difficult or even impossible to hear Him.  Anxiousness may also open us up to hearing religious spirits disguised as “angels of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)  We must first trust  God  to speak to us.

Another hindrance to hearing God are voices that would compete with His. God speaks in a “still, small voice.” (1 Kings 10:8) We might think it better if He would speak a little louder, but there is a very specific reason why He speaks so “softly.” God will only be heard by those who will listen only to Him. If there are other “voices,” other influences, other considerations to which we give weight, God will not “out yell” any other “voice” in our life. We must treasure His Word in our hearts above all others. (Matthew 4:4; Jeremiah 29:13)

An additional hindrance to hearing God is impatience. Anxiousness about a matter can cause us to move out of fear instead of waiting to hear what He wants to say to us. God will speak in a timely manner.

We may also fail to hear God because we are only listening for His input on matters we are concerned about. He would actually prefer to address another topic that we may see as unimportant or irrelevant. God knows better what we need to hear than we do.

Daily Challenge: Stop, quite yourself, quit trying to hear, be still and wait.

Daily Prayer: Father, give us purity of heart that we would desire to only hear You. Give us child-likeness that we would obey without question. Give us an appetite for the meat of doing Your will. Amen.


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