How to Hear God’s Voice in a Busy World
Do you ever feel like your communication with God is garbled? You’re not sure if you heard right? How can we hear God’s voice in this busy world? Join us for this series and get a FREE PRINTABLE.
“How long does that need to cook?”
“4 to 5 minutes.”
“45 minutes! That can’t be!”
“I just spilled.”
“You just smelled what?”
About a card for a coffee shop: “There’s no money on it.”
“Mañana is Spanish for morning. Like ‘See you in the mañana.'”
So go the conversations in our house these days. We laugh at most of them, but sometimes heated arguments ensue until we realize we heard wrong in the first place.
Do you ever feel like your communication with God is garbled like this? You’re not sure if He was talking with you or if you heard right. What if you get it wrong?
The pastor I heard on Christmas Day made the point that without God announcing the birth of Jesus, the world would not have known that such an awesome event had taken place.
It got me to thinking:
- What if Mary had rejected the angel Gabriel’s call to welcome her pregnancy and the special mission of the child she was to raise?
- What if Joseph had, despite the angel’s prompting, divorced Mary quietly, because the child was not fully his?
- What if the shepherds had discounted the multitude of angels and had not gone to Bethlehem to find the baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger, their Savior, Christ the Lord?
- What if the wise men from the east had not followed the star? (And how did they know the meaning of that star?)
- What if Joseph had not obeyed the angel and taken his little family in the middle of the night to Egypt while King Herod went on a killing spree? What if?
Somehow, God got word to all of these people about what to do. All of these people heard God’s voice with clarity and followed His leading.
I often long to hear from God.
- I long to hear His encouragement or His assurance that the situation I am concerned about will turn out just fine.
- I long to hear His advice on whether to speak or keep my lips closed, and if I am to speak, what words I am to say.
- I long to hear His guidance on my heart, my attitude, and my direction.
Do you long to hear God’s voice?
So often, our lives are so busy that the message from God becomes garbled. Like the conversations in my home, we don’t hear with clarity, and we become confused.
It does not have to be that way!
Join me for our devotional series this month on How to Hear God’s Voice in a Busy World. It is possible to hear God clearly, and you can take biblical approaches to hear God’s voice.
We’ll look at Elisha, Paul, Jesus, and Moses, and you might just be blown away at how easily their approaches can be applied in our everyday lives. We can hear God’s voice while we are cooking supper, attending a meeting, or enjoying a prolonged quiet time with Him. If our hearts are open and available to Him, He might speak to us day or night.
When have you heard God’s voice with clarity?
Be sure to download your free printable that accompanies this series: How to Hear God’s Voice in a Busy World.
Take time now to meditate on our scripture for today and reflect on the Digging Deeper questions.
Jeremiah 33:1-3 (ESV)
1 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: 2 “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it—the LORD is his name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Digging Deeper: Hear God’s Voice
Enjoy this precious time with the Lord. Reflect on or journal about the following questions, listening for what God has to say to you.
1. Read Jeremiah 33:3 again: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” In this verse, God encourages Jeremiah to call to Him, and God promises to reveal great and hidden things to Jeremiah. What “great and hidden” things would you like for God to reveal to you?
2. Consider how you might make space in your life to hear God’s voice. In the next few weeks, we will look at four approaches: playing music, counting blessings, getting up early to spend time with Jesus, and noticing the Holy Spirit’s nudges. Which of those tugs at you as one you might incorporate into your life? If you’re ready, give one a try this week.
3. Spend a few minutes now talking with God. Then be quiet for a few minutes and see what He brings to your mind. If your to-dos or shopping list cloud your mind, write them down, so that your mind can be clear to hear God’s voice. Music might help limit the distractions. If you like, play a song of your choosing, or listen to one of these:
Word of God Speak (MercyMe)
God Speaking (Mandisa)
Be Still My Soul–choose the version you’ll like best:
Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest) (Kari Jobe)
Be Still My Soul (sacred version, sung by an acapella boy’s choir)
Be Still My Soul (Naturally 7, a soulful acapella version, with video shot in Switzerland)