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Thursday, June 24, 2010

That Little Voice

Very few have ever claimed to hear God’s audible voice but many, me included, claim to know God’s voice. How do you recognize God’s voice?

I was reading in John 9 this morning. I’ve been pondering the story of this blind man. I’ve been thinking about his healing for quite some time and maybe I’ll share with you my thoughts later but today I hovered over the last few verses where the man recognizes who Jesus is. He hears His voice and immediately believes then worships Jesus.

I love how when Mary goes to the tomb to find Jesus’ body, she finds a “gardener.” She does not recognize Jesus until He speaks her name. At the sound of His voice, she instantly recognizes Him.

I’m thinking how similar this is in my life. I’m simply going about my day when something interrupts me and suddenly I recognize Jesus’ voice. Now, I don’t hear an audible voice but I do feel a catch in my heart. Sometimes it’s a thought that is much too complex or beautifully put together to be from my mind. Sometimes it contains wisdom connected to God’s Word that I’ve never seen before that instant. Sometimes it’s just a revelation where I suddenly know the answer to something I’ve been praying about for awhile.

Whatever the case, however you want to explain it, I know it is God speaking to my heart.  It still takes my breath away every time it happens and I still wrestle with questions and emotions when I want to hear Him clearly and I can’t.

Last night I took some time to sit with God and just ask Him how to get from point A to point B in my life right now. I have a few questions. After a bit I just felt like He was nudging me to some action in my life. For me the action was as simple as a couple of emails, research on the internet to pray about some other decisions and setting a couple of goals for myself.

If you’re feeling unrest, questioning or dissatisfaction in any area of your life, try sitting down with Jesus today and just simply asking Him where to go from here. If you don’t get an answer, try sitting again tomorrow and the day after that. By being silent in His presence, you create and cultivate an atmosphere in your heart where His voice can resonate and eventually, you will recognize it.

I think about Samuel in the temple sleeping. He hears God’s voice but doesn’t recognize it. Eli tells him how to respond to God by saying, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” Samuel responds to God and God speaks to him.

Today I’m going to listen for God’s voice Samuel-style. I’m going to respond like the blind man and seek Mary’s intimacy with Jesus. Will you join me?

“Be still, and know that I am God!
      I will be honored by every nation.
      I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10


Denise said...

Yes sis, I will join you. Take gentle care of yourself, I love you.

Jan said...

Yes Lisa, it will be a pleasure to join you my dear :) A beautiful post and one I need to focus on!!! I wanted you to know that I had my mammo. I'm not overly fond of Doctor's, so I have a tendency to put things off, which is why I happened to have my script for the mammo in my possession when I felt something very strange in my left breast, so I scheduled the appt. It came back less than desirable, so an MRI was next. Those results are now back, and it looks like a biopsy is in store. I see the Breast Specialists ... a Doctor that I didn't even know existed ... next Thursday. The waiting is quite excruciating, but I vow to keep quiet and listen to God speak :) I know that 70 to 80% of biopsies come back benign and I also know that God is good :) I'm sure your prayers will be w/me, so I thank you for that :) God Bless!

Bernie said...

Great post Lisa, some days I listen and hear so clearly yet other days it is a greal struggle and I have learned to get out of my own way and let God in....Hugs

Debbie said...

Such a wonderful post and suggestion. I too know just what you are talking about. Sometimes I just HEAR Him talking in one way or another. This was a wonderful reminder to LISTEN. Have a good day. HUGS, Debbie

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lisa for such wisdom and faith. True my favorite prayer is to sit and feel the presence of God. Hope you are feeling stronger all the time.


When is doubt - being still before the Lord - listening like Samuel did and responding like him as well when Eli encouraged him to respond with, "Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening."

I have found that doing exactly THAT brings on what God has planned to tell us through His Word.

May we REST in Him this day!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I'm in a season of trying to remain quiet so I can hear what the Lord wants to speak to my heart. It's sometimes hard to hear Him with so many other voices and distractions.

Deborah said...

WOW, I have goose bumps! Thank you for this post and I am joining you.

Melanie said...

This is beautifully expressed truth.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Thank you, dear Lisa...this is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today!!! Love you, Janine XO

Pat said...

I love this scripture.
Blessings to you Lisa, you are an inspiration to the faith of many!!

Big Fat Mama said...

I really like this post. I can really relate. Sometimes I ask God to help me deal with something and then He gives me wisdom about it that I know did not come from myself.

Lately I have also been shown the power of seeing God's presence when you pray out loud with someone. I have prayed about a few things in the last few months with either my husband or with someone at church, and there is a clear change in direction from what we prayed about.

I appreciate this post! Have a great night!

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

Well...I think I'm gonna have to link to you today, my dear.

I love you,

Michelle Riggs said...

Wonderful post. Congratulations on ringing the bell.


I don't know why I need a reminder to ask God for wisdom - to ask God "how to get from point A to point B" ~ but I do! Thanks for this great post and for the link from God Speaks Today.

Thanks Lisa and Sandy.

Gretchen said...

Thank you. This was awesome, as usual. I was feeling uneasy and actually, lonely the other day. Hubby's gone, new transition to summer, etc. And then I spent some time with Abba and asked Him for company. So simple, but never the thing I first think to do. Maybe that'll start to change. I sure hope so. Rejoicing in your completion of treatment, m'lurve!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Beautiful post, Lisa. I have seen that God talks to each of us in different ways, ways that each of us will recognize best and understand. I guess He knows each of us pretty well!

Peter Stone said...

Beautiful post, thanks for the reminder of how important it is to wait upon the Lord, be still, and know that He is God.

I was reading that very passage about Samuel to my six year old son tonight.

God bless