Enjoy Hearing from God—Even If You Never Thought You Could
Do you struggle to hear from God…and even to enjoy hearing from God? How do you find what you need to recognize His voice? Here’s some wisdom that will help you.
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The hushed tones of a spa reflect the same kind of conditions that best enable us to hear God—who speaks in hushed tones deep within our souls. . .
the voice is small
whispers of truth
to the timid will.
real it comes,
TRUST the love—
a dove of wonder
To hear God we need to find a place where we can escape the noises of our world. Everyone can find a quiet place—or at least a private place—if they try. A mentor of mine once said that we all do what we want to do—and for many years and in many different circumstances I have found that she was right!
An even bigger challenge is quieting the noises within our anxious minds.
I like to think of the mental clutter as yellow chicks:
In SOLITUDE, I gather up
all the loose ends of my soul
like yellow chicks that scurry
and flurry in all directions.
I gather each one and tuck them
under my wings where they must
WAIT to be reordered according to
some grand scheme that I cannot see
and do not know
but works when I trust
AND FOLLOW IT.
Hearing from God is worth the effort. Our restless and frazzled minds are soothed in the presence of God as we read and listen to His Word. The Bible is a love letter to us. Open it and read. You will find truth to live by. You will find encouragement and grace as soothing as an amazing head massage administered by loving, skillful hands . . . shhhhhhh . . . listen.
How do you enjoy hearing from God? Where do you find the silence to hear His voice?
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God, has spoken through the Scripture. When I read my Bible & only when I read my Bible do I truly hear from God. I got involved in the pagan practices of silencing your mind and New Age style meditation in the past but all that did was allow my sinful mind to make up what I wanted to hear God say. The “still, small voice” passage so many people try to use as the method of hearing God speak, is a descriptive passage about one specific occurrence that happened to one specific man. It is not conscriptive passage giving us instructions on how to “hear” from God. We are not commanded to seek a “still, small voice” from God. We are to contemplate and ruminate on God’s Word, not “quite our minds” and wait for God to “speak” to us. It took a while for me to learn that and I only learned it from digging into Scripture and practicing proper hermeneutics.