Learning to Listen

Sometimes we ask God for a sign. We ask Him to speak into our lives, to show us where to go or what to do or how to decide. We want His help—we need His help—and He’s promised to provide it. He’s promised to lead us and guide us. But we’re afraid we’ll miss it! We want something big and flashy and dramatic, something that shouts: “This way!” or “Yes!” or “No!” 

Sometimes we get it. Sometimes God shouts. But often He whispers. He speaks to us in the stillness and the quiet, in the ordinary and the everyday. He gently nudges us in the right direction. He understands how important it is to us. It’s important to Him too. He knows how easily we get confused or distracted, and one way or another, He will make it clear. He’s teaching us to hear His voice. He knows we’re still learning to listen. 

Your ears will hear sweet words behind you: “Go this way. There is your path; this is how you should go” whenever you must decide whether to turn to the right or the left. Isaiah 30:21 VOICE 

Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. Deuteronomy 30:20 NIV 

This God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 NIV 

Then a very strong wind blew.... But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a quiet, gentle voice. I Kings 19:11–12 ICB 

Speak, Lord; I’m listening. Open my heart and mind, my eyes and ears. Help me to hear Your voice and trust what You’re saying. 

This is an excerpt from 100 Days of Hope & Encouragementa devotional journal now available on DaySpring.com. Shop all books, journals, and devotions from DaySpring here.