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How old do you have to be when it dawns on you? How far from where you know you used to be are you now? How much has the culture, like an invisible magnet drawn you to a place where you wonder what happened?

When was the last time you knew God spoke to you about something so relevant to life today that it stopped you in your tracks? Maybe a more practical question might be- has God ever spoken to you?

Genesis 17:1 is almost out of reach for many of us. God shows up and talks with Abraham when he’s 99 years old. Check out God’s conversation with him. Abe got it, and fell flat on his face.

There’s never an age or distance you and I are from God in which we are free from His outrageous love for and challenge to us to live life to the max (which is to live it as He designed it). Our sophisticated or rationalized choosing to live as we want results in erasing God from our life.

WHAT THIS MEANS: One reason we don’t want God to speak to us is that when He does, it always means something will change in our lifestyle. How serious are you about wanting to hear from Him? Be honest with yourself about this one.

It’s midnight, you’re lying down, not sleeping, the blaring noise of people, music, traffic…and that damn dog barking…

At times you really want to know if God makes sense or has any relevance to the demands and structure of the life you have made. At least, you think, the busy pace of your life does numb the nightmarish thoughts you have about wasting your life.

Elijah steps into a discussion with God in 1 Kings 19:9-13. The Word on the Street puts Elijah’s perspective this way…”I’ve worked my butt off for you God…” God is the leading act in this and throws out an earthquake and a Wyoming wind before He whispers and Elijah hears him. Now, God can talk with him about what really matters in his life at this time.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Is the pace of your life keeping you from really hearing God speak to you? Are you sure you want to hear from Him? Amazon has cool noise reduction devices or you could go to a park with your Bible, but leave your laptop and phone at home…only if you are serious about hearing God speak to you.

God Speaks

God Speaks (Photo credit: 水泳男)

Is hearing God speak like reserved seating where only a few get to get into the event or hear God speak to them? Could it be that God only wants to talk to certain people and not others? And don’t you really need to be careful about the whole deal of God speaking? We remember people drinking poisoned cool-aid because someone said God told them to get others to drink it. Or there’s the story of God telling people to show up on a hill and He would pick them up on Starship 1.

We’re not looking for something dramatic; we would just like to know if God really speaks to ordinary people anyway. The drama goes on and after a while we just forget about the whole deal but our skepticism grows when we hear others announce that God told them… But somewhere deep inside, we wonder.

Our not hearing God speak can be due to several things. I mention only a couple. Hebrews 3:12-15 mentions one of these. We can harden our heart by reading the Word or hearing it taught and not doing anything about it. Repetition of this hardens us to a point where we drift off in a day dream as we read or hear someone speak about the Word, and it eventually results in not doing either.Our conclusion-the idea of God speaking is a joke.

Another was we miss hearing God speak is seen in Isaiah 55:8 and 9. When we come up with our own ideas, plans or expectations and don’t understand that God does not do life the same way we do, we miss hearing Him. The Word on the Street says it direct “…my methods are not in any of your manuals.” Sure there are other reasons we do not hear God, but the truth is that God is apeaking throughout every day. But we have to have ears to hear (that is doing what we hear.)

Get some coffee and hang out with someone this week and talk about this.