I was having a conversation with a friend the other day when all of a sudden I became very aware of my surroundings. The voices, the laughter of the kids, the sounds and the noise were too much for me. I could barely hear what my friend was trying to tell me. His voice drowned in the chaos around me. The voices of the kids and the sounds of the start of a busy morning at school were stronger than my friend’s voice. My friend and I had to go to a different room to continue our conversation. Then it dawned on me that there are times when the Lord is talking to us but the voices of the world prevent us from hearing what He has to say. There are some many voices that demand our attention. They try to overtake our thinking and stifle the one voice that matters the most. Have you ever been in that situation? Do you ever feel like you need to pull the Lord into a different room so you can continue your conversation with Him?
When I am home praying it is so easy to connect with the Lord. I live in a very quiet area where peace pitched its tent in the middle of my house a long time ago. The environment I live in allows me to get into meditative prayer fairly quickly and I can stay there for a while. When I am in my own space, hearing from the Lord is not hard. Do you have a place you can go to where it is just you and the Lord? It’s when I step outside that the challenges get dropped on my lap. As soon as I leave my peaceful sphere I have to contend with the world and hearing what the Lord has to say takes more effort. However, I have found a solution to this dilemma. I maximize my time with the Lord and that way I can recognize His voice in the middle of a busy crowd. It takes practice. It takes effort. It takes dedication. It takes patience but it is well worth it.
Maximizing time with God can be achieved by reading the Word, seeking His face in prayer and developing a passion for Him. The more we long for Him, the more we will get because He is a good Father and He gives us when we ask Him. Kids can tell their parents’ voice apart from other voices because they are used to hearing them. The same applies to us. We will be able to tell the Lord’s voice apart from other people’s voices if we keep on hearing His Word and hearing from the Holy Spirit. When the voices of the world are getting louder, let’s go to a different room and wait on the Lord. Let’s wait until we hear from Him. Let’s wait prayerfully. Let’s wait with gratitude. Let’s wait for Him because He always shows up. He always talks to us. His voice comes through various venues but it is audible to the ones who wait for it in faith. The voice of the Holy Spirit is very subtle. He is quite the gentleman. Let’s not hesitate to quiet down the sounds around us so we can enjoy the soft voice of the One who speaks wisdom and truth. Tune out the world, tune into the Lord!
Suggested reading: Jeremiah 33:3; John 10:27; John 16:13