“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (I-Samuel 15:22).
Listening for God is necessary to hear Him, to have a conversation with Him. The importance of listening hard cannot be overstated; our ears are like a ship’s sonar pinging away to discover what is not seen to reveal what else is out there. It is a matter of time, some time we wait briefly and then again we may have to wait a long time. The voice of God is out there, somewhere and everywhere, but it will only be heard when we listen intently for it. Are you listening hard for the voice of God?
Our lives must be quiet and restful if we are to hear God. We have five senses with sight and hearing prized and highly favored above the other three and with good reason. There is a power in sight that affects our life like no other. The beauty of a quiet sunset can calm the most troubled mind. The inner-strength and solitude we find within a quiet moment of silence has the power to transform a person’s life. We are blessed with the gift of spiritual and physical senses one set for this life and another set for the life after this… takes effect. Our senses help and change us, our disposition, attitudes and circumstances, as well as, those around us.
“For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people” (Isaiah 8:11). Why is it that between 25 and 50-percent of working people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out on the job? I believe it is less about the number of hours they work, than it is about the hectic pace of trying to do too much within the number of hours on and away from the job. There is hardly ever complete silence in our daily life and we run the risk of missing God’s continuous whisperings of encouragement, instruction and wisdom to us. If we were to lower the volume on the noise of this world or quiet it in our souls, then we would hear the “quiet still voice of the Lord.”
“And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice” (Deuteronomy 4:12). Jehovah is always speaking to us, we cannot hear Him because of the physical and spiritual noise, the hectic pace and other countless distractions which life produces as it unfolds daily. We must listen hard with a diligent effort to hear God above the noise and ask him to speak to us, turn up the volume Lord if necessary I want to hear from you.
“Speak, Lord, in the stillness, while I wait on Thee,
Hushed my heart to listen in expectancy. Speak, O blessed Master in this quiet hour,
Let me see Thy face Lord, feel Thy touch of power.”
“For the words Thou speak they are life indeed,
Living bread from Heaven now my spirit feed! Speak, Thy servant heareth! Be not silent Lord,
Waits my soul upon Thee for the quickening word!” Author – Unknown
My dear friend Pastor Wanda Davis shared a personal testimony with me about a 28-year conversation she was engaged in with the Lord. She confessed; “Actually I had been doing the talking,” recently, this conversation came to a close when God spoke back to my friend. Here’s an example of the transforming power and beauty of a faith-based relationship with the Creator, she continues; “I’ve learned that when God calls us or sends for us, He does the talking and its best that we listen. Yes, I can share my thoughts with God but in the end, my concluding statement is, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”. It was mentioned earlier that it is a matter of time, some time we wait briefly and then again we may have to wait a long time. We are blessed by and with a patient and loving God.
“And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I” (Genesis 31:11). The voice of God transformed Jacob at the river Jabbok and He became Israel. Moses heard the voice of God while tending his father-in-law’s herd and led the Children of Israel through the Red Sea. Gideon heard the voice of God and was trans-formed from a coward plowing in the field into a valiant soldier on the battlefield. The voice of Christ changed Thomas from a doubter into a believer and eleven ordinary men from fishermen, tax-collector, doctor, tent-maker and even a brother (James) into twelve devout disciples. How can we omit Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of the early Church, when he heard the voice of Jesus he was transformed into the Apostle Paul and author of nearly two-thirds of the New Testament Gospel of Jesus Our Christ.
How did this happen? Each person going about their daily life made time to listen for the voice of God and when they heard the call, they received the commission and obeyed the voice of God. Remember, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19). God loves us and Jesus died for us, the Holy Spirit rest and abides with us and His grace is sufficient for us. Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ