Monday, September 18, 2023

Take Time to Listen


By Andrea Merrell


And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 

1 Kings 19:12 NKJV


“I’ve prayed and prayed,” my friend said. “I need God to tell me what to do, but I guess He’s not talking to me.”

“Are you listening?” I asked.

Her answer consisted of a long diatribe of how busy she was and how little time she had to “spend with the Lord.

The problem with her answer was that I knew how much time she spent staring at her phone, texting and emailing—not to mention social media. If she wasn’t typing, she was talking or listening to someone else talk.

One writer says the average person gets anywhere from fifty to over one hundred texts, emails, or PMs every day. Think about that. As long as we’re willing to take the time to stop and listen to others—but not God—our problems will not be solved, and our situations won’t change.

The truth is God is always communicating with us. He can speak to us anytime, anywhere, through anyone or any given situation. But we must take the time to listen.

If you’re longing to hear from God, shut out distractions and spend time with Him. Then listen for that still small voice.

Your Father longs to speak to you.

Photo courtesy of and Ohmega1982.


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