Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hearing His Voice



"My soul wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him."
Psalm 62:5

I will find Him in the silence.

There was a time, when I desperately needed to know, that I longed to hear His voice. I had heard testimonies prefaced by "The Lord told me...." or "The Lord spoke a word to me..." - and I longed for that experience in my own life. I would sit quietly, waiting.

There were times I thought I heard, only to discover it wasn't His voice at all. I began to question my faith, wondering what I was lacking.

I hesitate to write these words because I know that for some, the Father does speak in just that way. I don't question that. I think, perhaps, just as we are uniquely created - we hear His voice in individual ways.

He speaks to me in just the way I hear best. I am a timid soul and need much reassurance just to be sure. So He often begins to speak to me through His word. It settles into my heart and then He says it again - perhaps in the voice of my Pastor or a loved one or friend. He may even sing it over me - waking me up with the words of a fitting song on my mind. The words in a devotional or on a blog post echo the theme - and I know.

It is in the silence that all of those things come together. When I am bombarded by sound - the radio, the television, music - the words He has spoken get lost. I cannot call them to mind when my ears of full of noise. They cannot burrow deep into my heart, take seed and grow.

So these days, I seek the silence. When I walk alone, I don't bring along the music; when I'm alone at home, I turn off the radio. The quiet surrounds me, and I hear His voice.



This is my contribution to Ann's "Spiritual Practices" series.

Blessings,
Linda

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Linda. It's in the silence, I think, that we need to listen the hardest.

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  2. Lately, The Word has been my anchor. He has been silent for me of late, but perhaps I haven't been listening--as you say here. I'm looking forward to a seaside vacation soon...hoping to slow down, seek the silence, hear HIm better.

    Love to you, LInda.

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  3. You are right in saying we're all
    individuals and He speaks to each of
    us in a unique and special way. The
    important thing is not how we hear
    our Lord speak to us, but that WE DO.
    Love & Hugs,
    Sandy

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  4. Amen to that. We are surrounded by so much that we need to shut if all off completely to be able to hear. I, too, am learning to love the quiet, the silence,and be still so that I can listen with both ears.

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  5. Silence - what a nice concept! I am the same way in that I love so much when everything you hear confirms the last - He is so faithful!

    Thanks for your kind words yesterday.

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  6. oh Linda, yes. i need this, crave this, silence. praying you hear him clearly.

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