Can You Hear Him?

These days, virtually everyone has a phone. You would think that with that, everyone would be accessible at any time. But that is not always the case. And even when one is accessible, effective communication is not always guaranteed. If you reflect a bit, you would probably come up with a few scenarios where in spite of being “reachable” by phone, one may not receive a message.

Personally, I can think of some common experiences that

people have - instances where the phone is available but the person a message is intended for does not get it. 

The phone is switched off (intentionally)

The phone battery has run down and has not been charged

The phone is outside the area of cellular service coverage

The phone is ringing but the owner simply ignores the incoming call

The phone is ringing but the owner doesn’t have it

The phone is ringing but the owner is not aware because it is on vibration or silent mode.

The owner has picked the call but is in a place where there is so much noise, they are unable to make out what the caller is saying

I like to think of our conversations with God somewhat as spiritual phone calls. Viewed as such, one can readily identify with some of the above - all being analogous to instances where we don’t effectively hear from God. These include 

times when we “chose” to go our own way, living however we please; 

times when we are so spiritually depleted and don’t take out time to pray and study God’s word

times when we habitually live in “sin” (often associated with neglecting fellowship with other believers);

times when we know God’s word on an issue but are intent on doing what we want to do;

times when our hearts are given over to anti-godly philosophies and principles;

times when our hearts have become hardened by habitual disobedience to God’s word; and

times when we do desire to hear from God but are too busy with the many activities, cares and worries of life which create such noise; drowning out the still small voice of God.

In a nutshell: God delights in speaking to us and is ever ready to have a conversation with His dearly beloved (You). He wants to instruct, guide, commune, encourage, heal, comfort . . . But can you hear Him? If not, why not?

“Incline your ear [to listen] and come to Me;
Hear, so that your soul may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies [promised and] shown to David. [Isaiah 55:3; Amplified]

To do: For more effective reception (aka hearing from God), I encourage you to - 

  • Make a personal commitment to a daily time(s) of regular worship, prayer and study of God’s word as well meeting regularly with other believers (stop skipping church!)
  • Determine in your heart that God’s word is truth and the final authority
  • Live in obedience to God regardless of the outcome
  • Truly repent (180° turn) from any sinful habit
  • Stop spending so much time in activities that create “noise” in your life - and what would those be?
Olihe Okoro
Author: Olihe Okoro
Olihe Okoro is a teacher and writer. She loves God's word and believes wholly in it as the road map for effective Christian living. She is happily married and the mother of three beautiful children.
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