Do you ever feel as though you have no idea what to do, where to go, or where to turn? Sure, there are times when life is good but then there are the tough times when life throws us a curve ball and we’re left with more questions than we are answers. It’s in those times, the challenging times, that we desperately need to hear the voice of God. Does this sound like you? Maybe you’re already on the corner of hopeless and wits end with no clear understanding of why God would allow life to be so tough. If you haven’t been there, trust me, you will get there eventually. I’ve learned that it’s in those tough times that the Lord is desperately wanting to teach us and reveal Himself to us in ways we cannot even begin to imagine, but we often can’t hear Him speak due to all the noise in our lives.
God’s voice is powerful. It was His voice that created the world. His voice calmed storms and raised the dead! God has used his powerful voice many times throughout Scripture, but when He really wants to be heard, when He has something important to say, He often speaks in a whisper or a “still, small voice.” You see, there is no form of communication more intimate than whispering. When someone speaks to us in a whisper, we must draw closer to them to hear what they’re saying, and that is exactly what God wants from us! He wants us to draw near to Him so we can hear what He has to say. You see, God doesn’t want us to simply hear from Him, He wants an intimate relationship with us.
My grandfather passed away a couple years ago, but one of my favorite memories of him was what he would do when I was just a kid. I would be playing or watching tv and he would softly whisper my name. At first, I couldn’t hear him as I was busy playing, but he would continue to softly whisper my name until he got my attention. Once he knew he had my attention, he would continue saying something to me in a whisper until I moved just close enough for him to grab me and give me a big hug. Do you know that God often plays the same sneaky trick on us? We simply want to know what He’s whispering but He just wants to show us how much He loves us.
Maybe you long to hear from the Lord, but simply put, you just don’t hear His voice. Can I make a suggestion? Maybe you can’t hear the voice of God because your life is simply too loud. I get it, life is busy and it’s easy to let the noise and chaos of life drowned out the voice of God. But make no mistake, He is speaking but it’s up to us to make sure we have the volume of our lives turned down enough to hear what He has to say. John Donne once stated, “I neglect God and his angels, for the noise of a fly.” (Sounds like Mr. Donne had some ADHD going on but I can definitely relate).
Only you and I can control the noise in our lives. In fact, I’m still learning how to say “no” so that I can eliminate some of the noise in my own life. What noise can you eliminate in your life? What stuff can you sacrifice to hear the whisper of God? Learn to set some healthy boundaries in your life. Maybe a break from social media is what is needed, or perhaps you’re like me and need to learn the power of the word “no.” Whatever it is that is distracting you from hearing the voice of God, make a change. God wants to wrap His arms around us and let us know how much He loves us but we must draw closer to Him and learn to listen to His still small voice.
Praying for you always,