I have to confess, I long for simpler times. The days when we invited voices into our life over a cup of coffee, conversation nestled in the living room, and shared meals around inviting tables.
Now, we only need to boot up our computer or reach for our smart phone for voices—for noise—to flood our lives.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Psalm 27:8 NLT
For the past few weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed by noise. Suggestions, ideas, and opinions, while well-intentioned, have crowded out the One Voice I truly need to hear. I’d like to say I answered God’s “come and talk with me” on the first ring, but the reality is that I sent Him to voicemail a few times.
The most beautiful thing about an intimate relationship with a personal savior is that while we forget how much we need Him, He never does. God knows we are lost without His direction.
When the noise gets loud and our hearts grow cluttered, it is an all-knowing and all-loving Jesus that writes His “come to me” over us. His handwriting is different in each of our lives, but if you know Him well, you know His voice—and He will speak.
We have an open invitation to conversation with an Almighty God. (←Tweet that.)
While at times, I vow I can actually “hear” Him, God’s voice isn’t as much audible, as it is internal. When I’m defeated, exhausted, and confusion overrides clarity, I know God is telling me to “come.”
We won’t hear God’s voice if we don’t listen.
For the past week, I’ve tuned out the noise and listened. I’ve laid down control and set my heart on submission. Rather than seek order and perfection, I’ve pursued obedience. There have been questions and tears, confession and forgiveness, and I’ve savored every single minute. But I had to fight for those minutes.
There were distractions, interruptions, and to-do lists that tried to steal my time with God. And is it just me, or do telemarketers and UPS men all over the world coordinate their efforts around quiet time?
How do we tune out the noise and listen for the voice of God?
- Unplug and lean in.
When God writes “come to me” over our heart, we best listen. And to best listen to His voice, we have to shut out all the others. For me, that meant stepping away from social media, putting down my pen in this place, and choosing God’s voice first. We can’t shrug off every responsibility, but we can choose what is most necessary. The world went on spinning, and sure I missed a few things, but I was talking to God, and that was my very best choice.
- Sometimes there are no words.
When you can’t find the words, or you’re not hearing what your heart seeks, do what you were created for—bow down and worship God. He loves your voice, and He already knows your heart, so simply turn both toward Him. On repeat for me this week were My Revival by Lauren Daigle and an incredible worship song by Tenth Avenue North.
- If it’s too good to be you.
How do we know it’s God’s voice? Our thoughts are mediocre, His are MUCH higher. When the words and wisdom are just too good to be ours—they’re Gods. When you need to hear from God, start with the word He has breathed. Meditate on a favorite verse, Google “scripture” on a particular topic, or read different translations of the bible. Seek out what your heart needs, then lean in and listen. God will show up when you go looking for Him.
- Look for Him around you.
God can and will speak directly to us, but He also speaks through His creation. Maybe it’s the whisper of a spring breeze on your porch, or maybe it’s the words of a dear friend. This week, I sought out sisters I could trust to listen and speak honest truth into my life. God used them to show me His goodness and confirm the path He has set before me.
There are a lot of voices around us. Some are good and profitable, but others need to be shut out. There is no replacement for the voice of God; nothing else will truly satisfy. (←Tweet that.)
It isn’t the method that matters, it’s His voice directed at our heart. God longs to pour His promise and word into our lives, if we will listen. My prayer is to choose His voice over all the others.
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