word of God speak
1 Kings 19:11-13
In the midst of being tempted, notice how Jesus emphasized the importance of hearing the Word of God (Matthew 4:4).
Create a quiet space to hear God speak to your heart today. Turn off the white noise and practice listening for His “gentle whisper.”
Last year, as I was driving to church on a Sunday morning, I was in a deep funk. For many reasons, I was experiencing an emotional and spiritual valley. I prayed, trying to tell God where I was emotionally and spiritually, but the words didn’t come easy.
As I struggled, the song “Word of God Speak” by the group Mercy Me came on the radio. It’s a song I’ve heard dozens of times, but this time the lines of the first verse pierced me:
I’m finding myself at a loss for words,
and the funny thing is it’s okay.
The last thing I need is to be heard,
but to hear what You would say.
Whoa. I found myself chuckling at the timely message. Yes, there are times we need to unload and get things off our chests. But, in the end, being heard is not as essential as hearing what God is saying to us.
After pulling into our church parking lot, the verse “Be still, and know that I am God” came to mind (Psalm 46:10). I was starting to hear. I took a few minutes alone in my car before heading in. Quieting my heart, I listened to that “gentle whisper” of the Spirit (1 Kings 19:12-13). What I heard rescued me. It was just what my uncertain heart needed.
The song “Word of God Speak” goes on to say:
I’m finding myself in the midst of You,
beyond the music, beyond the noise.
All that I need is to be with You,
and in the quiet hear Your voice.
The New Testament tells us that Jesus “often” spent time alone so that He could pray to His Father (Luke 5:16). Take a page out of His Book and take time to listen to God speaking to your heart today.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Ezra 3:7-13
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