I’ve been there more than I’d like to admit.
This “stuck” kind of place. It feels like either God is distant or I must be doing something wrong. The Bible says that God is near, so that means it always comes back to me.
I was driving in the car last week and I found myself believing the lie that was being whispered to me.
“You can’t really hear God.”
The words sound like my own voice. And I’ve heard it and believed it in so many different situations. When I’m looking to God for inspiration. When I’m asking Him for guidance. When I’m praying just to sense His nearness and it all seems… silent. And I begin to wonder: Is God just being quiet? Or am I just unable to really hear Him?
Then the thoughts spiral further, right? We begin to think of all of the others around us who hear and see God so clearly all the time. We wonder what they have that we don’t.
I realized that I was believing this and suddenly I was reminded of the verse in John 10:
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
We will hear His voice. You. You can hear His voice.
This is such a major mystery. I’m not here to tell you what He is supposed to sound like, or what He even sounds like to me. Sometimes, I’m not really sure. I’m here to tell you that if you have believed that you are somehow too far gone or not spiritual enough to hear Him, it is a straight up lie. If you ask; if you are listening, He is responding.
Don’t misunderstand me: His response may not always come the way or in the time that we would hope. But He is answering. He has heard you. He is speaking, He is moving, He is acting.
If the enemy of your soul can’t convince you that God isn’t real, he will absolutely try to make you believe that God isn’t as good or as near as He promised.
These are the whispers of your enemy:
You aren’t good enough for God.
They are way more spiritual than you.
God isn’t really listening.
Why would God waste His time with you?
And here’s the one that trips me up the most:
Your mind is too messed up to differentiate God’s voice.
But here is the Truth:
You have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
You can hear the truth of God’s words. John 8:47
God will answer when you call. Jeremiah 3:33
God is not seeking to be understood by you. He is seeking to be trusted.
Do you trust that God loves you enough to have this kind of relationship with Him? Not just a one-way, genie in a bottle kind of relationship? Do you trust that God wants to be found by you?
This is not about getting it right. This is not about being the right person or being in the right place. This is about nearness and true relationship. And even more than that, it’s not really about us at all.
I believe everything can change if we take the leap to trust what He’s saying to us. Really, trust that He’s saying anything at all. He is perfect, Almighty God, and He is our good Dad. Miraculously, every aspect of who He is coexists perfectly. As He spins the earth and fulfills every perfect will in your life, He hears when you cry alone in the car. He comforts. He whispers truth about who you really are.
Oh, who you really are?
You are His.
His creation. His child. His ambassador. His choice. His beloved. His.
Sounds like someone He’d probably want to talk to.
“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.”