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Monday, December 22, 2014

I'll Hear God If I’m Willing To Listen

In review of Deuteronomy 4:29 it says, “You will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.”

Bottom Line:
If you search for the Lord your God with all your heart and soul you will find him.

What this means to me:
When I search for God, with a willingness in my heart to obey him completely, I will find him.
God will speak when I’m willing to listen. I won’t hear him if I’m not listening.

God won’t tell me his dream for my life if I want to debate it. God won’t tell me his vision for my life if I want to discuss it. God doesn't tell me why he put me on Earth to do just so I can say, “Let me think about it.”

I need to ask why I’m here. I've got to know what He wants me to do with my life. I've got to hear His voice. I’ve got to have His vision.”

King David wrote in the book of Psalms, “My God, I want to do what you want” and “What I want most of all and at all times is to honor your laws” (Psalm 40:8 NCV, Psalm 199:20 CEV).

David was passionate in his declaration that what he wanted most of all was to honor God. Being obedient and following God were not options for him. It was the only thing he wanted to do. When you get that passionate about it, you’re going to hear from God.

A lot of people talk to God, but they never hear from God. For them, prayer is a monologue. But you can’t have a relationship with a monologue. This is much like me talk to my wife, but she never talks to me. That’s not a relationship. We need to have a conversation. Just as important as talking to God in prayer is listening to God and letting him talk to you.

What I’m learning is that to hear from him, I need to want it more than anything else.

Deuteronomy 4:29 says, “You will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him” (NLT). Guaranteed!

This verse from Deuteronomy comes from a speech Moses gives to the next generation who is about to leave the wilderness and enter into the promised land. It was given as a reminder to them that God will always be there for you if you are willing to seek and listen to him. God will not chase after you.

Today’s verse also reminds me that I as I make decisions I need to make sure that I willing and ready to listen to God speak. I find that I may be tending more toward a monologue than I am in a two way conversation.  Today I ask God to speak to me, especially regarding decisions that are coming up regarding my career.