IMG_2046Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, BUT the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, BUT the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, BUT the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19)  It’s unlikely we will ever audibly hear God the way Elijah did. That’s why God gave us his Spirit to reside in our hearts–so that we could have His voice speak from there. However, do you ever feel like God is not speaking loud enough? I’ve joked that when it comes to a big decision, I wish God would send me a text: “Hi Heather, no need to reply. Go forward with that decision. Oh, also, I cc’ed Raul. Thanks.” Kidding aside, the issue is more profound. It’s not that God isn’t speaking. It’s that I’m not listening. We don’t have to create noise with our voices to miss hearing God in our lives.  The “noise” can come in all shapes and sizes: the noise of selfishness refuses it; the noise of busyness overlooks it; the noise of doubtfulness misses it. Today is a new day. Let’s give this a shot. Instead of asking, “God why can’t I hear you?” pray, “God, I am ready to listen for you.”
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