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3 Reasons We Don’t Hear God’s Voice

This is the first part of my series God is speaking. Can you hear Him? And this week I’ll be discussing what prevents us from hearing God.

A while back I had a conversation with someone and they snickered when I told them God speaks to me. They responded, “He speaks to you through the Bible, right? You can’t actually hear God.” Puzzled, I asked them why. And in their words they said, “God doesn’t work that way.”

Hmm…not according to this scripture:

Then Jesus said, ‘‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’’
-Mark 4:9

Knowing this scripture tells me two things:

1. We can’t hear God’s voice if He isn’t speaking. Therefore, God is talking to us.

2. We have a choice to hear or not

 But sometimes, even when we do have the desire to hear God, we can’t. Here’s why:

1. We’re too busy and distracted:

We’re taught to be great multitaskers. We surf the web while listening to music, at work we’re answering phone calls and sending emails, and if you’re a parent you’re the best of us all – cooking, cleaning, helping one child with homework while the other one is coloring on the wall. All which can be well – distracting.

 

Copyright Michael D. Waters
And although this may seem great, we can actually miss God’s voice because of it. Jesus said it himself:

 

Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Here I imagine Mary sitting as she listens to Jesus’ words. And in the background comes noise from Martha who is so consumed in preparing for Jesus, that she misses Jesus’ presence! Martha, frustrated that Mary isn’t helping with any of the work, comes to Jesus asking Him to tell Mary to stop listening to Him to help her! However, to her surprise Jesus tells Martha this: only one thing is necessary now – hearing my words and fellowshipping with me.

We need to prioritize. Let’s give God our undivided attention.

2. We’re unresponsive to God:

All my life, I’ve lived about 10 minutes away from a train station – the biggest one in my county. When I was a little girl I remember hearing the trains coming in and out of the station. As a child, my friends and I would always say “another train is coming” and count how many we heard. However, as I got older it wasn’t exciting. Every time I heard a train come, I ignored it. Now, I don’t hear the trains – even when I’m outside on a quiet night. Why? Because I’ve trained myself to block out the sound. I’ve become unresponsive to it. With God’s voice, it works the same way. Every time we hear God speaking to us we must respond. If we continuously ignore and become unresponsive to His voice, eventually we won’t hear it at all.

So the next time you hear God speaking to you, respond. Don’t let His voice go unnoticed.

3. We don’t know what prayer is:

If I were to ask you what prayer is what would you say? Think about it for a second.

While I don’t know what you’re response is, it should have and must have consisted of these three words, talking and listening to God. Prayer isn’t just talking on and on and on to God about everything. And I know as much as God loves hearing from us, He also wants us to love hearing from Him. In your quiet time with God and after you’ve finished talking, do you listen out for His voice? Or do you quickly end your time with an “Amen” and proceed about your day?

We can’t hear God if we aren’t listening out for Him.



11 Responses

  1. Author Amanda Beth

    Very well said! Great message! I like how you shared the train story. When we hear from God we need to respond. The more we ignore Him the less we hear. Just this morning I was reading an interview and I clearly heard God tell me to encourage this one friend. I love when God catches your attention and speaks to you. It's wonderful. I pray I always respond to God's voice.
    Thanks for the message. God bless you:)

    1. Amanda, thank you. I love those moments when God speaks to us! It’s very special. I was trying to think of a way to make number 2 really visual to get the point across and God brought that example to mind. Thank you for your response. Blessings always.

  2. Great insight Ashley! Loved this.

    I was an agnostic when I was younger. I wanted to know the Truth if God was real or not so I asked Him and He told me He was real. He spoke the words directly into my heart and imparted the Knowledge of Himself at the same time. It was many years later before I discovered that there were Christians who had never heard His voice.

    I also think there are times when God is intentionally silent to teach us to trust Him even when we can’t sense His presence or His hand in our circumstances.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Edie!

      What a beautiful and touching story! I guess it was interesting then to hear how Christians haven’t heard God’s voice. However, when you asked to hear God’s voice you waited in expectation for Him to speak to you. Many Christians today do not do that (from what others have told me).

      I was reading a book not too long ago and the author spoke of God intentionally being silent. I don’t remember the entire story though; I’m going to look it up. Maybe for the next part of the series I can include that. Thank you for the gentle reminder.

      Blessings always.

  3. Milan Jed

    The point No 2 is very well explained. It has answered some of my question marks.
    Great article, sincere and easy to undersand. Very proud of you Ashley.
    God bless you.

    1. Hi Milan! Thank you; I was hoping the visual would help out. I like connecting stories. I believe it helps us understand better.

      Knowing I’ve helped you encourages me to continue on. Peace and favor to you.

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