I have a hearing problem, not because of all the punk concerts I went to in high school.
My problem is a spiritual hearing problem.
I’m addicted to… a lot of things.
- Technology – I bring my iPhone in to the bathroom so I can check Facebook on the toilet.
- Busyness – I want to brag about how many important meetings I had.
- Music – I’m listening to Angels and Airwaves as I right this.
- Entertainment – I watched the 1st six seasons of the Office in a matter of weeks.
These addictions have one thing in common…
They drown out the voice of God.
I just finished re-reading the classic “Practicing the Presence of God” by 18th century monk named Brother Lawrence. The description of his intimate, ongoing intimacy with the almighty has inspired God lovers for centuries.
I found myself asking…
Why am I not experiencing that constant closeness with Christ?
My solution has been to retreat to nature. I get away from everything and focus my heart.
I think I’m in good company,
“Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” Luke 5:16
Beauty draws me to Christ. Beauty distracts me from my distractions.
Then I can come to Christ alert.
And ask him to speak to me.
Then I wait. Sometimes I get an impression. Sometimes God highlights a specific scripture.
Sometimes I don’t hear anything.
But even in those times I come away refreshed.
As Loren Cunningham said, “Guidance is first of all a relationship with the Guide.”
Meanwhile, I will continue to sit and listen, awaiting His still small voice.
What are some tips you have found for hearing God’s voice?
Click here to watch an inspiring sermon by Bill Hybels on the subject.
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