Hearing God's voice in the buzz of the day
Listening to God in every day situations
I don't know about you but my life can be hectic. Finding space in the midst of the day can be hard. I have friends who seem to have a constant sense of God leading them in every situation. If I am honest, at times I almost envy that kind of relationship with God. At other times though I also see friends that almost seem fearful as they seem bound up in a legalistic style of living.
I have been in circles where people see visions and are on the cutting edge of the prophetic and I wonder why others see things clearly with miracles in the norm, whilst others pray and would love to see breakthrough and are still waiting.
Sometimes I feel so distanced and wonder about my growth in God and then at other times I think of the things I have seen or been through and I wonder how on earth I am not a complete wreck.
So how on earth do we listen and hear God's voice in a busy day?
It's quality not quantity
Above all we need to be ready to listen and obedient.
God has us in the palm of his hand all the time. The other night I woke up with something forming in my brain, a poem. At that time in the morning, I wanted to turn over and go to sleep but a still small voice within me made me ask God "Should I get up now and write it?" "Can it wait till the morning?" When I asked those questions I got a strong sense of get up, I did.
Now I am not saying that you should not spend time with God because it is clearly about having a living relationship with God. What I am saying is that you should not beat yourself up about missing your daily devotion.
Having time with God is about being open and obedient and willing to respond. If you are anything like me with young kids I get little time. I find myself having a chat with God in all kinds of places...whilst making the lunch for the kids while they are in the other room playing. In the car.
Now I could quote Scripture to you about hearing God's voice, but the reality is that sometimes I know without doubt. For me it is a bit like Jeremiah 20:9 " 9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." In essence there are some times where I know that I know, I get butterflies and so I ask "Is this you Lord" and as I hesitate it tends to burn within and I want to burst.
There are other times I ask and ask and it does not seem clear. So what is that all about then? I tend to think that God does not want to give me all the answers.
I used to get really stressed over times and routines and all it did was bind me up and heap guilt on. Now I am much more chilled about it. God knows my heart and knows what I want to see and how I want to grow. (He probably has a far bigger plan than I know but he has given me enough of a dream that I can handle for now)
It takes practice and time.
I have said we do not have to stress over time but that does not mean we wait for it to happen. Just like any earthly relationship, if it is one that you value, you put the time in to nurture and nourish it.
I will give you an example. Someone said to me do you draw. No I don't. Try it they said. I had given up art at school because I was not fantastic at it. I bought pencils and started to take time with God and asked Him for words and pictures (prophetic art) and he did not fail me. Sometimes it is just for me and I now have a record of words, promises and encouragements from my Heavenly Father.
Now my first reaction to the person was to laugh at them and scoff. On reflection however, that conversation did not leave my thoughts. I then asked God "Is there something in this God?" and I bought some materials to give it a go. So if you like I took a faith step and launched out on a journey that I had never factored in as an option. I have had to practice at tuning in and I am getting there. Sometimes I get it wrong - but it is I journey that I am still on.
For me it is about being natural, being real and obedient to God.
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