Sometimes God Shouts To Make Us Hear!

Isaiah 65:24 – It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. (NKJV)

Lately, I have been spending more time than previously reading the Bible, doing devotionals, and going to Bible study classes. I've also been devoting more time to church activities, but I've felt that something is missing. In the past months, I've started writing devotionals, but my heaven-led inspiration seemed to be missing. As I sat down to do my daily devotion, I contemplated why I felt further from God. I know that God hasn't moved, for He says, "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3b NKJV) So that means that I have moved away. I prayed for insight as I began my reading. Just as clearly as if I were speaking to a friend on the telephone, I heard, You are doing it wrong!

"Wow! I can hear You now! Okay God, what part am I doing wrong?" I asked. In the first devotional that I read, the thought for the day was, "God speaks through His Word when we take the time to listen." "Okay, got it, God," I said. I'm spending too much time doing and not enough time reflecting and listening. Last week, our sermon was on the subject of whether or not God has a sense of humour. When I opened the second devotional and noted the title, "Three mental barriers to hearing God's voice," I laughed right out loud! The three barriers were listed as pride, fear, and bitterness. Well, it's not fear nor bitterness, so it must be pride. I didn't feel prideful, but the description spoke to being too independent: doing things myself without God. Hmm, that sounds like me! God has blessed me with many gifts, but He never intended that I use these gifts without asking His advice.

The following day, I began by prayerfully asking God to still my thoughts and quiet me to hear Him. I laughed again when the devotional of this day was similarly titled, "Three things that prevent us from hearing God." This article mentioned "being so busy that you miss the plans God has for you." Aha! Bingo! That's it! I'm a planner. I love to be active. Being still either in body or mind is difficult for me — it always has been. I often repeat over and over, "Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10a NKJV) Even if I am being active doing good things, I know that I need to take time to be quiet and listen, but it has always been hard for me. I think that I finally may have found a way for me to be quiet and hear God. Today, I was sitting in my chair and I glanced up, looking out the window to the beautiful blue sky and the trees that God has made. I noticed a bird in the tree and heard the chirping. As I continued witnessing God's majestic creation, I thought, instead of trying to just block out the world and listen, I need to focus on manifestations of God and meditate on His Word.

Do you find yourself feeling too far from God? When was the last time you singled out real quiet time to listen for Him? If your current method of meditating isn't working, ask Him to help you find another method that will work for you.

Prayer: Thank You, God, for Your patience when we move away from You. Thank You for calling us back to You. When we are too preoccupied or too deaf to hear You speak, You find humorous and very direct ways to make Your presence known. Thank You for never letting go of us as Your children. Amen.

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  1. PresbyCan Feedback:

    A great reminder, Orlanda.


    What a perfect devotional for me to read and consider this morning. Thank you.
    (Texas)


    Dear Orlanda,
    You spoke (sorry God spoke through You) to my condition, and I thank you for those words of wisdom. Blessings.


    Dear Orlanda
    This devotional was meant for me. I see myself in everything that you wrote. Thank you for the reminder and knock on the head!


    Wow, thank-you for this devotional. I find it easy enough to read the Bible but not to sit and meditate. Great to see this one is from a fellow islander!
    Thanks.


    Greetings Orlanda,
    Great devotional. Thank you for writing and reminding us to seek our Lord. He is always present for us.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Dear Orlanda
    Beautifully said! Thank you for your very wise words and your “Aha” moments. I do love your sense of humour.
    God bless you and keep you close so He doesn’t have to yell (like He has to do to me too).


    Dear Orlando,
    Thanks so much for a very insightful devotional. It was just what I needed this morning. I too, have difficulty being still and just listening. God is so very patient with me! What an amazing, wonderful God He is! And always right on time!
    God bless you.


    Thank you. Very timely for me. My church life is very busy, but like you, I seldom take the time to be still and visit quietly with God.
    Regarding God’s humour. While working in the garden, I uncovered a wasp nest and was stung. The following day, a hummingbird repeatedly flew right up to my face and twittered as if talking to me. I didn’t even know that hummingbirds twittered! The third day, the title of the devotional was ‘Hummingbirds and Wasps’. I too laughed out loud and said, “OK God, I’m paying attention”. The devotion was about spending more time in Bible Study. Yes, I go weekly!
    (Ontario)


    Hi Orlando, thank you for your devotional today. I laughed out loud also this morning. Wow, this hits home. We have a lot in common on being still and knowing that I am God. Thank you for the encouragement as I am in a place of pride and bitterness and doing it so wrong. I will be happy to pray for you to keep listening and being still with our Saviour as He loves us dearly and needs all of us to be still and listen as times are harder than ever without Him being first in our life’s. God Bless from the mainland!! Timing is everything with God. Thankful He used you through your obedience to write this devotional!!! Amen!!


    Orlanda, God used this devotional to convict me! I’m also guilty of going through the motions and disconnecting spiritually from the Lord. Yes, I too faithfully attend church, spend time in daily devotions, and prayers, but I too have felt dry as a prune. I’m missing the Lord’s presence and really didn’t notice the loss! Inspiration is lacking.
    Dear Lord God, forgive our sins of omission and commission. We confess our preoccupation with our own agenda. Open our ears so that we may hear your voice again and be useful instruments in sharing your Word, for we pray in Jesus name, Amen.


    Orlanda, I have not had the privilege of meeting you face to face, but after today’s devotion I feel as though we are of “kindred spirit”. God doesn’t shout often at me but when He does I for sure have learned to listen, because I have been too busy to hear His still voice speaking to my spirit. And I too have burst out laughing at his sense of humour. Several years ago, when the “Hippy Movement” was at it’s peek. I was of the opinion that no “hippy” could be a Christian. At the same time I was really struggling in my Christian life. Well, when at the bottom of the barrel, God sent me four hippy’s. That I couldn’t ignore. The genuine love of God flowed out of them, and I couldn’t find any fault there. And in the words of a Christian song. “God looked beyond my fault, and saw my need.” I’ve never been the same since. I often smile and if I’m telling my story, I will laugh out loud at how God did it.
    I am blessed by your thoughts today, And I pray that you too will be blessed abundantly (very special) today.
    (Alberta)


    Thank You! Your devotional truly blessed me. (As have all the ones you’ve shared with me.) God has given you such a wonderful gift.
    Blessings and Joy.