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May 11, 2017, 5:00 AM

How tuned in do you feel to God’s voice?


How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13

 

How tuned in do you feel to God’s voice? Sometimes silence can be deafening. While everything and everyone around you is quiet, content and fast asleep, you sometimes toss and turn at night wondering why God seems distant. You struggle to remember the last time you heard His voice. You wrestle with the distance while at the same time yearn for that missing connection. Numerous questions roll through your mind, but the one you can’t seem to answer is what God is doing by remaining silent.

 

If you’re not careful, you can easily mistake silence with inactivity. This would be a mistake. Even in the midst of those quiet moments, God is still at work. When there is noise all around us, it can be difficult to hear the quiet voice of God. We’ve got mixed messages coming at us in all different directions while the message that truly matters gets lost in all the commotion.  However, other times the silence can be self-imposed.  Riddled with guilt we avoid God at all costs. Similar to the next-door neighbor whose tool we borrowed and never gave back, we attempt to stay out of God’s way. We know we’ve been slack in spending time with God, through prayer or reading His word, so we use that as an excuse to allow the distance to continue.

 

We feel like we should do more before we ask Him to reconnect with us. We’ve got to earn our forgiveness and we come up with a religious checklist that we need to mark off in order to even the score and be “right” with Him.  Then there are those sin patterns we refuse to give up. Having a quiet time with God feels awkward because the elephant in the room (our sin) isn’t being addressed. If not dealt with, sin breaks our connection with God. Sin always pushes us into hiding and causes us to avoid exposure to light. On the other hand, maybe you keep apologizing for your sin and telling Him you’re sorry and fail to hear Him saying you’ve been forgiven.

 

If sin isn’t causing the silence then it might be a disobedience issue. We remember vividly the last thing God asked us to do, but we blatantly refused to obey. Until we act in obedience, silence will remain. From God’s perspective, there is nothing left to be said. If you want to know God’s will it’s to do the last thing He asked you to do. The problem is we tend to filibuster God by talking too much. We go on and on with our requests, pleading and bargaining. Once that is done we go about our normal business. Our prayers are 99.9% talking and about 0.1% listening. Conversations aren’t conversations when they are only one sided. The time has come for us to be silent and reflect.

 

Don’t panic if you can’t hear God’s voice. Panic causes us to rush right through reflection. God’s silence is not arbitrary, but rather designed to awaken us to Him. In the midst of our sin, God is calling us to repent and receive His forgiveness. In the midst of our suffering, God is calling us to trust and lean on Him. In the midst of our success, God is calling us to praise Him. When God seems silent to you, it is time for you to be silent before Him. Faith requires both expectancy and contentment. Don’t be surprised when God breaks His silence for the sake of His purposes. God is always working to form us into His image and shape us in holiness.

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, I pray that I wouldn’t panic in the midst of those moments of silence. Lord help me to trust that You are still active when I might not be able to hear Your voice. Jesus help me to examine my heart and seek Your face.  God tune my ears to Your voice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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