One of my favorite things to do is babysit and spend time with my two year old granddaughter. She’s unique, like all human beings; and has her own language. The more time I spend with Emmie, the more I learn her language. For example, “doo” means fish and “oosh” means shoes and “dubda” means sippie cup.
This special language reminds me of how my heavenly Father communicates with me. He is very personal. And because He created us uniquely different, the way He speaks to me may not be the way He speaks to someone else. What I know for sure, is the more time I spend with Abba, the more I learn to hear His voice.
“Remember, learning to hear God’s voice is a process, a learning experience, a discipline that involves active elements like prayer, meditation, worship, and listening. Just as any relationship grows stronger and more intimate as you spend more time getting to know a person, so your relationship with God--your ability to discern His voice and to pick it out of a crowd--will grow keener and more developed as you spend more time with Him.” (Discerning the Voice of God; Priscilla Shirer)
O God, how Big You Are and how much I need You! I struggle with this practice. But, may all who read this devotion (including me) take time to be with You. To sit quietly with you, authentically and intimately. It’s not an easy thing to do, but so important in a believer’s life. May we follow Jesus’ practice of withdrawing from his disciples and the crowds as often as He could to spend quiet time with You and pray (Luke 5:16)
As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut...After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.