We serve a God who wants to be in constant communication with us because he is our Heavenly Father and as with any good father, he wants to interact with his children. However there are times when we can feel that God isn’t listening or we just can’t hear him.
One of the things that stop us from hearing God is when the volume of this world is too loud in our lives. We can get so caught up in the cares of this life, that it becomes our whole focus instead of focusing on the things God want us to focus on, which in effect drowns out the voice of God:
2Co 4:16 Life in an Earthly Tent
That’s why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day.
2Co 4:17 This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison,
2Co 4:18 because we do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal.
Another thing that can make us feel that God isn’t listening or that we cannot hear him, is a lack of patience. When we pray, we want to hear the answer immediately, however the answer may not come immediately:
Dan 10:10 Daniel is Given Understanding
“All of a sudden, a hand touched me and lifted me upon my hands and knees.
Dan 10:11 He told me, ‘Daniel, man highly regarded, understand the message that I’m about to relate to you. Stand up, because I’ve been sent to you.’ When he spoke this statement to me, I stood there trembling.
Dan 10:12 “‘Don’t be afraid, Daniel,’ he told me, ‘because from the first day that you committed yourself to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I’ve come in answer to your prayers.
Dan 10:13 However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then—look!—Michael, one of the chief angels, came to assist me. I had been detained there near the kings of Persia.
Dan 10:14 Now I’ve come to help you understand what will happen to your people in the days to come, because the vision pertains to those days.’
In a world of immediate gratification, we need to learn patience and sometimes answers can be delayed because that part of our character needs to be developed. However for us on the receiving end, we can feel that God just isn’t communicating with us.
Sometimes our expectation is completely wrong, so we feel unless we see a burning brush or hear an audible voice from the sky, that God is not speaking. However God speaks to us in many different ways:
1Ki 19:9 Elijah Talks to God at Horeb
Elijah arrived at a cave and stayed there. All of a sudden this message came from the Lord: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1Ki 19:10 “I’ve been very zealous for the Lord God of the Heavenly Armies,” he replied. “The Israelis have abandoned your covenant, demolished your altars, executed your prophets with swords, and I—that’s right, just me!—am the only one left. Now they’re seeking my life, to get rid of me!”
1Ki 19:11 “Go out,” he responded, “and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord.” And there was the Lord, passing by! A tremendous, mighty windstorm was tearing at the mountains and breaking the rocks in pieces in the presence of the Lord, but the Lord was not in the windstorm. After the wind there came an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
1Ki 19:12 After the earthquake there came fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper.
1Ki 19:13 As soon as Elijah heard it, he covered his face in his mantle, went outside, and stood at the entrance to the cave. And there a voice spoke to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
We have to be open to the voice of God and also to be able to differentiate between God’s voice and the other voices that are speaking to us.
Remember God’s voice is not the only spiritual voice out there speaking to us:
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The danger of putting ourselves in a position of not being able to hear the voice of God is, it leaves us open to the other spiritual voices that are out there because this whole world system is designed to raise the volume of these voices.
So we need to understand that God always wants to speak to us, it is whether or not we want to listen.
Mat 7:7 Ask, Search, Knock
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you.
Mat 7:8 Because everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the door opened.
Mat 7:9 “There isn’t a person among you who would give his son a stone if he asked for bread, is there?
Mat 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, he wouldn’t give him a snake, would he?
Mat 7:11 So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who keep on asking him!
Parallel Business Principles
In business, it is not everything you are going to understand straight away, somethings are only grasped through continued repetition. Sometimes we can feel that we will never get it, however that is just the spirit of doubt speaking to us and we need to learn how to silence those voices.
You have to be able to defeat the enemy within, because if you cannot do that, you will be a person that will never produce in anything you do.
You may have been praying to God to help you build your business, but then on the flip side you have been inactive or impatient.
You can’t say “God order my steps” when you are not prepared to move! Also you can’t expect success to come overnight when there are some fundamental things you have to go through, in order to develop the character you are going to need to sustain you in your success.
Just as long as we place God first, God wants us to be successful because in doing so and letting people know the source of your success, it brings glory to him.
So trust in God for all that you are doing and never forget to turn down the volume of this world so that you can hear that Still Small Voice!
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