“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (NLT)
Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who did most of the talking? If so, chances are they didn't know you very well. If the person never paused to ask or inquire about you and your life it’s difficult to create a strong connection. In my spiritual journey, I’ve come to understand that the same is true in our relationship with the Lord. To grow closer to Him, sometimes the most effective thing we can do is to just zip it. Am I suggesting that He doesn’t want us to pour our hearts out to Him? No, of course not. What I am saying is that sometimes it’s a good practice to work on the discipline of simply being quiet before Him. It’s spiritually maturing to learn to wait on Him, to be still enough to hear his voice. Sometimes we present all our requests to God, then we’re quick to determine that He’s not responding if our prayers aren’t instantly answered. If we learn to wait on the Lord and push through the sometimes uncomfortable silence, we can discover a major turning point in our relationship with Him. When the Lord does speak, write it down! His words become our guide and provide milestone moments in our journey. Do you find it difficult to be still and quiet before God? Next time you’re facing a decision, or desire to understand God’s will for your life, try presenting Him with a question and then be quiet, expectantly waiting to hear His voice. Examples may be something like:
- Lord, what is your plan for my health?
- Lord, what is the next step in my career?
- Lord, what is your dream for me?
He is your good Shepard and He will faithfully guide you when you seek Him. May you enjoy the gift of stillness before Him today.