What is God saying to me right now? How will I respond?
For a year or so those two questions have been hanging on the wall over my desk. They are the questions that haunt/inspire/perplex/reshape my daily life. The ability to listen to the voice of God and respond is central to life as a follower of God. But just how do we go about hearing God’s voice and learning to respond?
That is the question this week’s sermon is wrestling with. As we walk through our series, “How does my life measure up?”, we are now measuring our intimacy with God. Hearing the voice of God is possible because we have an intimate God. In Genesis God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening. God spoke to Cain and Abel. God called Abram to leave Ur and go to father a great nation. God spoke through Moses to all of Egypt and the people of Israel. God spoke to his prophets, including Elijah who heard God in a whisper. We have an intimate God that finds us where we are and speaks to us.
But listening and responding to God’s voice consistently is only possible when we have cultivated an intimacy with God. Some hear God’s voice when they aren’t even sure there is a God and that moment of hearing may begin their faith journey. Some hear God regularly and live their life according. Some, however, never really hear, or maybe more accurately they never listen and respond to the voice they hear.
When do you hear God’s voice most frequently? In worship? In prayer? Alone in the car? Talking with others? Through scripture? When do you hear his voice most often and how have you cultivated an ear to hear and a heart to respond?