Are you hearing from God? I can promise you that He’s speaking…if you’re seeking Him…actually listening… So if you’re not hearing from Him…why not? What is standing between you and Him? What of this world have you refused to let go of? Is it that TV program that’s all the talk at the office? (I mean, who cares if it has ‘adult situations and language’, right?) Or maybe it’s the hours you spend on the phone gossiping with friends or even family? (You need someone to vent to, right?) Or your constant social media links and ‘likes’? (It’s the only way you can stay in touch with people so ‘far away’, right?) Or maybe it’s something as ‘harmless’ as being a great ‘soccer mom’, or ‘June Cleaver’, or ‘employee of the month’… Let’s get real for a moment: ANYTHING that takes your focus and your time off of God is a wedge between the two of you. Yes, God wants you to have entertainment (Psalms 68:3), socialize (Ephesians 4:9-12), be a good mom (Proverbs 31:28), wife (Proverbs 31:10) and employee (Ephesians 6:5-9)…but if you’re doing these things for yourself (and even for others) and not for God, then you’re not doing it for the right reasons. (The right reason being growing an intimate relationship with Him) First and foremost, God wants a relationship with us. (John 14:23) It’s because of His love for us that He gives us entertainment, friends, family, etc. They’re blessings from Him. (James 1:17) (Though I will admit that some days I would hardly call my job a blessing, or my husband… but I digress) (John 10:10-11) (Colossians 3:23)
So I ask you again: Why aren’t you hearing from God? What are you allowing to stand between the two of you? If you sit still for a few minutes, and ask God to show you just some of the things that are keeping you apart, He will tell you. (And then you can say you’ve heard from God!) (1 Corinthians 2:1-16)
That’s really the next part of it, too. Not only do you have to clear your heart and mind of the world’s stuff, you have to be still (Psalm 46:10) long enough to hear Him; and you have to be ready to hear Him. Expect Him to speak to you. (Jeremiah 29:13) (Chances are, it won’t be a blatantly obvious neon-flashing billboard screaming to you, but when you do hear Him, it will be evident it is Him, as if He’s yelling from the Heavens…yes, it will be that blatantly obvious)
And the next cool thing? (Because let’s face it, we serve an Awesome God) (Deuteronomy 10:17) Once you get your heart and mind settled off this world, and focused on God, and you begin hearing Him when you seek (like when you call a friend and they answer), but He’ll begin communicating with you when you’re least expecting it; when you’re not seeking something (like when a friend calls you). (John 16:13-15) It’s because when you put your focus where it belongs- on Him- He reciprocates that focus- on you. You are His child. (1 John 3:1) You are His beloved. (Song of Solomon 6:3) He doesn’t just want to be there for you when you need Him. He wants to just be there for you. To love you. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. (Leviticus 26:12)