Listening for God’s Voice
Life is a never-ending series of episodes on decision making and choices. The decision of which career path to follow, which relationship to make or break and other minor decisions we make that eventually have the most impact on our lives and that of others around us. As human beings, it is only natural to seek out direction from those we have known to have a similar experience to our current situations. Since the sheer magnitude of the decisions we have to make often leaves us panicking and we tend to leave God out of the equation and go for more practical answers forgetting that God created every man unique in themselves and he alone can give the best directions because he knows exactly what the future holds. Amos 5:4 says,
“This is what the LORD says to Israel: “Seek me and live;”.
Unfortunately, advice from people, most often than not leaves us more confused than before because nobody wants to make a life changing decision for another person in case it all comes crashing down. Nobody wants to be held responsible for another’s failures which is why some people refer the individual back to God or tell them to follow their hearts. I get particularly pissed when I get the latter because when I go back to God, it becomes a struggle to silence the mind and listen for God’s voice.
Unlike in Samuel’s days, we live in a world where we are exposed to loads of information and lot of these are negative. In short, we hear voices speaking to our lives and tend to influence our destinies. We have become too familiar with these voices that we pay utmost attention to them. When God called Samuel, he figured it had to be Eli since that was the only person that would call him in the house at that time, Eli had to direct him to God the third time. Today, it is incredibly difficult to hear God’s voice amid the chaos of the internet, our mind, ideas of friends and well-wishers if we do not listen to hear it.
As believers, we need to start paying closer attention to God’s voice and making deliberate attempts to hear from God by constantly seeking him out through his word and through prayers. Deuteronomy 4:6 says,
“Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice to discipline you…”
God speaks all the time but we can only hear clearly when our relationship with God is solid. Samuel could not recognise God’s voice because at this stage of his life he did not know the lord on a personal level. When we are far from God, we can’t hear when He’s speaking to us and hence, we are unable to follow his perfect plan for our lives. Samuel initially responded to the familiar voice, which is Eli’s voice and because Eli was more matured, he knew it was God trying to speak to Samuel.
For us to hear God clearly and work in His perfect will, we need to seek to know him more so that he can continue to reveal his perfect will for us. There is however, no formulae to decipher God’s voice, he speaks to every individual on a different and personal level. The only universal thing about listening for God’s voice and acting on his directions is that he always comes through for his own. Isaiah 64:4 says
“For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.”