Growing up, I was afraid of God’s voice. I feared He would tell me something I didn’t want to hear. And then I’d have to do it. And not talking to Him was easier, right?
Oh, how Satan would love for us to stay as far away from God as possible.
But the closer I got to God, the more I realized that He doesn’t speak with the voice of fear or a wagging finger. But to discern how to hear God’s voice, we have to sit next to him so we can hear it often.
When you get close to someone you learn all about them: their likes, dislikes, and what makes their heart beat. If we’re not close enough to someone, we might mistake their voice for someone else’s. Or even worse, mistake God’s voice for man’s voice.
Remember Hannah from part one? Her son, Samuel, became a great example of listening to God’s voice.
He was staying in Eli’s house. The Lord called Samuel three times! Samuel repeatedly thought it was Eli who called him. Finally, Eli tells Samuel to say, “Speak, Lord, I’m listening” (1 Samuel 3:9). And he does just that.
I love that God always gets our attention even when we’re not looking for Him to speak. Even when we mistake God’s voice for man’s voice (often today in the form of opinions), He still seeks our attention.
Just like you and I, Samuel needed practice hearing God’s voice. Knowing about God, and knowing his voice are different. It is never too late to learn this distinction.
We can simply quiet the noise and let Him know we are listening; He meets us in that space.