Are You Listening?

But I have spoken to you again and again; yet you have not listened to me. ~Jeremiah 35:14

Have you ever been in a crowded restaurant, with lots of people talking and dishes clanging, trying to have a conversation? Due to the ambient noise, it can sometimes be very difficult to hear the people that are sitting right next you.  Occasionally in those settings there is an additional sound amongst the din.  Sometimes there is music playing quietly on the speakers that you can just barely hear and might not even notice at all.

I have been in situations like that where I could tell there was music playing and I thought I recognized the song but the noise of the room was just too much and, try as I might, I couldn't make it out. Luckily, my wife has excellent hearing and once she told me what song it was I was able to zero in on it and hear it just fine. In fact, since I knew the song, once I was first able to pick it out of the noise around me, I wasn't able to stop hearing it, and I occasionally found myself doing a slight chair dance along with the music which must have looked quite odd to those around the table that didn't hear it.

God is speaking to you all the time. Through the din of your hectic life, His voice is there.  We often let the cares, troubles, and distractions of this world drown out the voice of God in our lives and it sometimes takes someone with a more trained ear than ours to point out His song so that we can zero in on it and be moved to dance.

We often look for God to work in our lives and to speak to us in big miraculous ways. He sometimes does this but usually He speaks in much more subtle ways.  When Elijah was on the mountain top, he didn't find the voice of God in the rushing wind, or in the earthquake, or in the fire, but in the still small voice inside him (1 Kings 19:11-13).

When you really want to do something but a small voice inside you insists that you know it is wrong and shouldn't do it, that is God.  When you are busy and focused on your life but something keeps nagging at you and telling you to ask the person with the sad countenance if you can help, that is God. Any time you feel the push to do something that you know is right but takes you far out of your comfort zone, that is God. Any time you ask yourself why you are here and what is the purpose of life, that is God calling you to seek Him.

Have you been having a difficult time hearing God's voice? Is there too much noise in your life? Are you waiting for God to shout loud enough to be clearly heard over all of the distractions that you have placed around yourself? Try turning off some of the sound and focus on inclining your ear to Him. Seek out those around you who hear his voice and seek their guidance to help you.  God is speaking to you.  Are you listening?

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. ~John 10:27-28

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