2018-04-27 / Chaplain's News

Listening to God; he speaks to you

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Monica R. Lawson
Center Chaplains Office

1 LORD, you poured out blessings on your land! You restored the fortunes of Israel

2 You forgave the guilt of your people – yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude

3 You held back your fury. You kept back your blazing anger. 4 Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more. 5 Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations? 6 Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you? 7 Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.

8 I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for He speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.” Psalm 85:1- 8 (NLT)

During some of life’s most difficult situations it is important that we take the time to stand still and listen carefully and intentionally to what God is saying.

In this particular psalm the writer is asking God to restore his people through the revival and restoration of their spirit. Many of us are the same way in that we seek God’s help for revival and restoration but we have a difficult time being consistent in our walk with him.

Just when you feel closer to God than ever before, people and problems can start to distract you and they can drown out the voice of God. The more distracted you become the easier it is for you ignore the voice of God and the easier it is to find yourself back to the old foolish ways of doing things.

Foolish ways can cost you a price most of us are not willing to pay. Foolish decisions and behaviors can cost you your family, your career, your friends and sometimes your life. However, before we make those decisions God is always speaking to us.

But are we spiritually attuned to his voice and are we listening when he speaks? I have learned that for most people the problem lies not in “if” God is speaking but are we listening. Hearing God and listening to God are two different things. We hear just by the fact that it’s one of our five senses.

We hear people talking all of the time and yet we can choose to ignore them. When we listen we are deliberately turning our attention to what is being said to the person who is speaking.

Many of us know that listening is a key component to having a good relationship. God desires that we feel the same way about our relationship with Him. In order to maintain and enhance this relationship we must spend more time in prayer.

When we pray it should be a two way conversation. We are not just talking to God but we are also listening to God. One reason some of us are having a hard time embracing the peace of God is that we spend most of our time talking at God and not listening to God.

Some of us have been told repeatedly by God the plan and purpose that He has for our lives and yet we have chosen to ignore or lose sight of the very thing that God created us to do. He wants us to become that which He destined us to be, but in order to do that we must turn our attention back to Him and listen to what He is saying.

In order to have true restoration and revival we must be still and seek the face of God. He is calling us back to Him so that even when the distractions, detractors and doubters come our way He is still in control of our destiny. God is speaking. Are you listening?

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