When we spend regular time with God’s word in the Bible, we are choosing to know God better. We cannot know what his voice sounds like if we haven’t spent time getting to know it first.
People often say they can’t hear from God. They don’t know how, or maybe they feel he’s gone silent. While there are times when I believe God allows and purposes silence, his words throughout scripture remain timeless and powerful to speak into the most deafening silences.
They are only muted if we choose to ignore them. Instead, choose to know the voice by knowing what He’s already said in His Word. Become increasingly familiar with it.
We tend to want to hear from God when we need his help. But we can’t expect him to give us magical responses.
For example, when we don’t know what to do in a given situation, we might ask God to show us what he wants. We wait for a ‘this or that’ answer and we don’t get it we might be tempted to say that God isn’t responding.
It may be, God is trying to tell us something altogether different.
What if, rather than laying out the question we want answered, or expecting what God will say, we asked Him to tell us what he wants us to know.
What if, we went to him in simplicity like the young boy, Samuel, and said, “Here I am, Lord. Your servant is listening.”
While there may be a number of reasons for not hearing God, let us begin with remembering He is always present, always good, and eternally faithful.
May we choose to listen close.
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Jolene Underwood has experienced a number of trials in life and knows that many of her readers have too. She writes about real life in need of real faith by inspiring an authentic pursuit of hope beyond the challenges of life. She is a lifter heads and a facilitator of encouragement because she knows the need for emotional care intimately. She writes regularly at joleneunderwood.com and as a contributor for Grace Table. She also offers both spiritual and writing encouragement for writers, speakers and entrepreneurs with her Rise Up Writers community and newsletter. Join her conversations of encouragement & faith via Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest at @theJoleneU