Sometimes, the hardest voice to hear is God’s. People think I never have a problem hearing from God, but that’s not true. I can think of three reasons why I can’t hear God’s voice sometimes:
Fortunately, I have moments when God speaks. It is intoxicating!
The first time I remember sensing God speaking to me (not with an audible voice…that has never happened to me) was when I was 12. I remember sitting in a metal folding chair becoming aware of my sinfulness. I felt guilt, but I also felt certain God would forgive me if I trusted that Jesus died for my sins. I remember clearly thinking/hearing “Just trust Christ.” I did. Instantly, there was a warm presence that entered my heart. I knew God had spoken to me and I believed what He said. He forgave my sins.
Ever since then, I have wanted to hear God’s voice. I must be honest. I have not always liked what He had to say. At times I have argued, doubted, and flat out not believed. But each time, He has remained patient with me.
I am still learning to listen. It is a skill I have gotten better at, but still have a long way to go. I am learning to respond as the psalmist when he wrote…
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27:8)
I am not special. You can talk with God too. Choose to listen to Him. Humble yourself and be willing to wait. When you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.
Here is a song that encourages me. May it encourage you too.