“We often miss hearing God’s voice simply because we aren’t paying attention.”
For over twenty years, I’ve been on a quest learning how to listen to the voice of God. This morning I meditated on Acts 7:30-31 and in it I discovered three steps we can take to position ourselves to hear God’s voice. “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say...” (You can read the full passage of this account in Exodus 3:1-6.)
The first step is to be observant and notice the fingerprints of God. While going through your normal day, be on the lookout for God’s movements around you. Keep your eyes wide open to any hint of God’s presence. The scripture says the burning bush caught Moses’s attention. It wasn’t unusual for Moses to see a burning bush in the desert, but it was unusual to observe one with flames without it burning up the bush.
Secondly, Moses was amazed at this sight. Be astonished by what you notice and let it cause awe to fall upon you. Allow your surprise to release your curiosity. Expect to see things from God’s hand that will astound you. What sights have you been amazed at lately? Let your wonderment encourage you to go after what you notice with greater intent.
Lastly, it says Moses went over to the bush for a closer look at what was going on. Draw nearer to what catches your eye. When God sees that you’re paying attention and noticing some hint of Him and that your amazement leads to curiosity which causes you to draw near, that’s when He speaks. Notice that all this took place while Moses was going about his ordinary day and God chose to make Himself known to him.
God loves it when we’re like little children who notice the gifts He’s placed in front of us with awe and wonder. As our interest compels us to scoot closer to the sight, that’s when we hear God’s voice. When God knows we’re interested, He will make Himself known.
“God often speaks loudest when we’re quietest.”
Relevant Reflections: 1. Describe a time when you were like Moses in Acts 7:30-31: your attention was caught by something, you were amazed by what you saw, and you drew near for a closer look.
2. Which of these 3 steps will you take to better position yourself to hear God’s voice?