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Dec262016

Pay Attention!

 

My husband and I are in the middle of a big decision right now—a decision that could literally change our lives. Although things would change for the better, this decision also has some serious risks attached to it. We don’t know what to do. We need to hear God’s voice.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like God is talking.

However, I know God speaks to His people. Psalm 25:14 says He “confides in those who fear him” (New International Version). Isaiah said God directs us with His voice (Is. 30:21). Jesus said His sheep know His voice (John 10:4-5). But some days it feels like we’ve been in this place forever.

So, I started listening to Andrew’s How to Hear God’s Voice teaching. He said, “God is speaking to you constantly, but our hearts can become hardened toward God so that we have a hard time hearing Him.” He went on to say, “One of the reasons that we struggle to hear the voice [of God] is because the clutter and the clamor, the noise of this world, drown out the
voice of God.

And then I remembered a time my oldest son showed me exactly what Andrew was talking about.

“That’s not fair!” my son said as he stomped into the kitchen. “You didn’t ask me. You asked Josh and Kayla, but you didn’t ask me.”

On this particular day, I had all the makings needed for two different meals. My husband was gone, and I didn’t have a preference; so I let my kids vote on what they’d like for supper.

“I asked all of you,” I calmly replied, hoping to diffuse the sounds of war. “But you never responded.”

“No, you didn’t! I would have heard you.” This was coming from the same boy who’d once been so caught up in a music video at a friend’s birthday party that he actually missed the pizza and cake they’d served.

Remembering his weakness for electronics, I asked him, “What were you doing just now?”

Of course, I already knew the answer. My son didn’t answer my question because he’d once again become so engrossed with a video game that everything else just disappeared. I had asked, but he didn’t hear me. However, this was a skill we’d been working on—learning to let the important voices break through the noise. Voices like mine and Daddy’s, like his teachers’, like God’s.

“I was playing on Daddy’s tablet,” he said. “But you told me I could.”

Hearing the defensiveness in his voice, I said, “You’re not in trouble, son. But I don’t understand why you’re angry. I asked each of you to vote on what’s for supper. Your brother and sister responded; you didn’t.”

“But I don’t want to eat that tonight,” he said.

“Well, I’m only making one thing for supper,” I answered. “Maybe next time you’ll pay attention to my voice.”

Proverbs 4:20 says we have to “attend” to God’s voice. Andrew says that this word attend means to prick up the ears. He says it’s like a deer that hears a sound and then lifts and turns its ears toward the sound to focus on it. He says, “God is speaking constantly, but we have to tune our hearing. The sad fact is, most of us are tuned to the voice of this world. We spend more time listening to the clamor [and] clutter…than we do God. The voice of God is drowned out [by] the volume of this world.

God doesn’t yell at us. He doesn’t get in our faces. He isn’t rude. If we’re going to hear His voice—if my husband and I are going to hear His voice—we have to learn to break through the noise. We have to pay attention.

I’m ready to tune in to God’s voice. Are you?

Please leave a comment below if this has blessed you!

Reader Comments (16)

This has really blessed me, and i have learnt something. God bless.

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrace ngugi

This really blessed me! I t was such a practical lesson.

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Pixley

This blesses me but I have a question. How do I break in and block out the noise around to hear him speak to me.
Thank you pastore . You have been a blessing. God bless and keep you. Amen.

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohnson

I am learning to be so attentive to God's voice and try to be very far away from distractions. As you said your son's video game can be a distraction too to many, anything taking one's time more than God's Eord is a distraction and it will be hard to hear God's voice with all that distractions. Be blessed

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKemi

👏

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

This is been an area that is been very difficult for me due to the intensity and stress of my work and just an incredible Full plate too often. I've listen to the series 3 or four times now and little by little I'm getting better finally after many years of practicing this. For me the best time to hear Gods voice, is in the morning before my day is interrupted – I also had to wrestle with the fact that God would even speak to me. I feel so small before my great God and so I have to accept his grace and love first to know in my heart he is speaking to me. Obviously I'm working on the whole being too busy and stress aspect as well by continually striving for balance. I'm very grateful for this series!

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Hudson

That I you for obeying the voice of the Lord and writing this. It has truly blessed me.

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEvon

Thank you*

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEvon

I use to hear God's voice and then a series physical things happen to me and for the last 8 years I can't seem to hear or be healed. I find myself giving up. I'm not sure if this was an actual place to comment.

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersherry

THANK YOU SO MUCH. I needed this

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

This was for me. Thank you.

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterModesta

this is more than timely. was almost giving up on ever experiencing God in a more intimate manner. to be honest, a lot of dirt has found its way back into ma life: the very things I had almost successfully discarded from ma life. am truely grateful for this.

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterisaac

I was just thinking today about hearing Gods speak. In my home (where I am most of the time when not at work), I don't watch TV or listen to music. It is quiet & it seems I still can't hear Him very well~

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

This is true.most of the time when its so quite at night,thats when I start getting a deeper revelation of Gods word.And I can tell clearly its God speaking to me coz my heart flows with joy I cant explain.

December 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjane

It is through Andrew Wommack's preaching that I learnt how to hear from God. His teachings about spirit, soul and body helped me a lot to understand how God speaks and how to listen and act. Understanding who I am in Christ plays a major part in that.
South Africa

December 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVideo Kgothule

this post is best nice and awesome..

January 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersanaullah

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