I wanted to stop and ask him to repeat himself…
Reference: v.3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
Explore: It was a gorgeous Sunday morning and I thought I would go for a jog before heading off to church. I like to listen to all sorts of music when I jog, but on this particular day I decided to listen to some great worship music.
The air was fresh, the music was great, and my body worked hard against the road I ran on. I was totally absorbed in the moment and the music that I hardly noticed a couple of people out walking as well.
As they came towards me I registered their presence and gave them a big smile. They smiled in return and the gentleman even spoke a few words to me.
This was lovely and friendly, but my problem was that I still had my worship music blaring into my ears and so I only caught a couple of his words through lip-reading rather than hearing his greeting audibly. I wanted to stop and ask him to repeat himself, however, we had already passed each other and were heading in opposite directions, so I could only smile politely and continue on my way.
While I had enjoyed being in the moment with my music it meant that I had missed an opportunity to interact with someone I didn’t know.
Application: I think this is often true when we want to interact with God too. Some of the only moments we spend connecting with God are at church.
Now, church is fabulous and a great way to grow in our relationship with God and others, but it’s not the only way. If we use church as the only time we connect with God then we can drown out His voice with all the music and talking.
God can speak to us through music and preaching, but He also desires to connect with us in private. It is often the still, small voice of God that gives us guidance, wisdom and peace.
If you need to hear from God maybe it’s time to take the earphones out, turn down the music, and walk with Him in silence. If God truly wants to speak to us we don’t need to lip-read, He will address us directly. The question is, are you able to hear Him?
Prayer: Lord, it is so easy to connect with You through other people as they sing and teach. But Lord, we know You desire a personal relationship with each of us and You can connect with us in the silence too. May we put aside the time to hear from You today. Amen.
How long has it been since you’ve spent some time in silence, listening for God’s voice?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.