There are times in life where you will find that good advice becomes a hurdle. Many times. Lots. *in my Donald Trump voice* I am finding that I have been in the midst of such a time for quite some time (niiiiiice) and was completely unaware. As a Christian, in my denominational as well as nondenominational background, I have heard that I should listen to God speak. What is God saying about my future? What is God saying about the bible? What is God saying about the present? And you know, listening to God is great. In fact, two way conversation with God is phenomenal. When I hear of how people have heard God tell them what school to go, what job to apply for, or even what hair products to use, I bubble over with fascination. Like, I want to hear from God too! But I’m starting to see now that this advice can be a burden. How? Well pull up a chair while I pour you a glass of whine (spelling intended).
It’s possible to focus so much so on hearing from God that you can actually completely miss hearing from God. Sometimes it can just blow your whole relationship with God to smithereens. There are times where I feel like silence from God means I’m doing something wrong. Maybe I’m praying wrong or not enough. Maybe I haven’t asked for forgiveness for something. Maybe my spiritual maturity is that of a baby (which technically it is). This could be this case, but it could just as well not be the case at all. There are times where God allows you to make choices on your own without him having to add his input. Some times you already know what you are supposed to do and say and God doesn’t need to say anything. Other times, we just have to be patient in the waiting game before we do hear from him. It’s not bad; it just…is. If you don’t hear from God the first prayer and your whole focus is on hearing from God you can put too much pressure on yourself when you are met with silence. Or worse, you can bank so much on hearing from God that you miss out on relishing in who God is in general. No, this isn’t to say that you should never seek hearing from God. To never believe it’s possible is to cheat yourself out of a meaningful relationship. But shift your focus on talking to God as a means of getting into his presence. Yes, I know he’s always there so that’s not exactly the best way to word it, but what I mean is that we should talk to God to keep the communication lines open. If he answers today, AWESOME! If we don’t hear from him today, then that’s okay. Just know that you can and will hear from him.
I’ve heard it before that if you don’t hear from God you aren’t listening hard enough and that’s just not true. Maybe you truly are in a place in your journey where you don’t hear from God immediately. You could just be getting saved today or maybe you are just growing in your walk with God so it could take some time before you get to the place where you can hear God speaking to you. Don’t rush the process. And don’t feel bad that someone else go saved five minutes ago and heard God tell them what to do two seconds after they believed. Everyone’s journey is different. If you start feeling guilty about no immediate answers, you get into condemnation. And condemnation never helped anyone, but it hurts everyone. Of course, silence could also mean a disconnection. Maybe you do need to repair your relationship with God. Or perhaps you need to initiate an actual relationship with God. In my case, it’s probably the latter (I’ll write on that at another time. Probably my next post). It’s perfectly fine to do a self check and assess if you’re in right standing. If you are and you still find yourself doing more talking than God is, then just stay patient. God’s not ignoring you. It can just be taking some time.
So that’s my little tidbit for today. If you find yourself pushing and pushing to hear God’s voice, you may be doing too much for your spiritual health. You could be missing enjoying God’s presence because you’re fighting to hear a word, any word, from God. Also, I heard something from somewhere (can’t exactly recall the source) that we are often misled into believing that the only way we can hear from God is by him talking to us verbally or in some clear magical voice. This isn’t true either. Have you ever felt led to give something, do something, say something but you’re unsure of the source of those little nudges? That could very well be God speaking to you or guiding you. When you sit down and read your bible, that’s God’s word. You are hearing from him while reading (though some parts are not God’s direct voice but that’s another adventure for another day). I’ve also learned that a great relationship can sometimes be enjoyed in mutual silence. I have friends/family that I can sit in a room with and enjoy their presence without either of us saying a word. What are you focusing on? Hearing from God or having a relationship with him? If you focus on the latter, the former will follow. What are your thoughts on the subject? If you feel I am wrong, then you could be very well right! Feel free to give thoughts, personal experiences, and what not. Just, ya know, be nice. I’m still learning!