In our world today and the busyness of life, it is difficult to find the time to go to a quiet place and focus on God.
Let’s face it; we live in a world filled with noise. Almost everywhere we go, and with everything we do, our minds are overwhelmed with images and sounds. Rarely do families have quiet evenings together without some kind of distraction, like the sounds from the television or cell phone. Seeking a quiet place to spend with God is not easy, but it can be done.
The Scriptures are filled with prayers, songs, stories, and miracles that demonstrate God power and show His desire to communicate with His people…but, in order to hear what God is saying to us, we have to learn to listen.
So, check this out: if you take all the letters in the word “LISTEN” you also have all the letters for the word “SILENT.”
In 1 Kings 19, God communicated with Elijah: first came the strong violent wind, then an earthquake and then a fire … but, Scripture says, God was not in any of these. God chose to speak with a still small voice, or gentle whisper.
So, in order to hear God’s voice, we must quiet our hearts to listen. What does this mean? How do you practically apply it?
First, we must be intentional in our focus which means that our time, and calendar, must reflect our heart’s desire. This means setting a regular time each day to get alone with God. This can be at home, on a walk, in your car, in the morning or evening, or whatever works best for you. Personally, I enjoy a daily walk — sometimes it’s in the morning and other times in the evening. A good tip is to find ways to:
ELIMINATE THE DISTRACTIONS
Second, we must listen with an open heart and attitude. This means being open and receptive to God’s guidance and instruction, and being willing to obey. Just like the prophets of the Old Testament, God is looking for ways to talk to you — and you will be encouraged to see how He brings favor when you bring an attitude of surrender rather than selfishness.
Third, we must trust that God has a message that is personal — for our provision, protection and purpose. This means leaning into God during difficult financial or emotional days, as well as joyous or rewarding days. We must realize that God loves us and is the only one that can sustain us, and will provide for our every need. Putting our trust in Him demonstrates a listening and willing heart and ultimately reflects our love for Him. When we listen and obey we discover that life is full of promise and purpose and we become more confident in God’s plan for our lives.
So…will you join me as we make a deliberate effort to quiet our heart to hear what God is saying to us today?
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
Written by Donna Linquist, a former staff member of Josh McDowell Ministry and currently an elementary teacher. She lives in the Dallas area with her family and enjoys all kinds of creative arts and crafts.