Do you hear God speaking to you? Or has your heart been hardened so you cannot hear him? Could it be that you have rebelled against him? Have you given your heart over to this world? Do you blame God for the bad that happens in this world?
There are many in this world who blame God or ask how God can allow bad things to happen to good people. Unfortunately, we live in a world that has been broken for thousands of years. God allows us to make choices. He allows every person on this planet to make choices.
One choice we have is to hear God or continue with hardened hearts and refuse to hear him. We may not hear him in an audible voice. But we can hear him in many other ways. We can hear him through the voice of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We can hear him through his Holy Word. We can hear him through messengers he sends our way. So, how do we hear him?
First, our hearts must be softened. We must be open to hearing him speak. We must be willing to listen for his message. It is only when we are willing and open to hearing him with a softened heart that we will hear him. And you want to know what is amazing? Once we start hearing him, we discover that he speaks to us quite often—far more than we might believe.
The Israelites hardened their hearts and refused to hear him. It was only after they repented and turned back to him that they heard him once again. We can learn a lesson from their experience. We can learn from our own experiences. It is time we stop ignoring God and start listening—through his Word, his Holy Spirit, his messengers, and perhaps even an audible voice.
I pray we all decide to listen for God to speak. I pray we hear him by reading his Word. I pray each one of us will ask God to soften our hearts so we may hear him when he speaks to us. Read God’s Word. Listen for God to speak. Hear him when he does. Soften your heart.
Hebrews 3:7-9 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did.”