Do you EXPECT to hear from God?

(After a rejuvenating week off, the “Up!” devotional is back!)

Do you want to hear from God? Me too. Maybe you want to hear God’s voice to help you with a tough decision, or to give you some encouragement.

Whatever the reason, I truly believe that you’re less likely to hear God speaking to you if you never expect him to.

In the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” (Mark 4:9). One of the things this teaches us is that it’s possible to hear something but still not truly hear it.

I think God is communicating to us all the time. Unfortunately, a lot of people think that God isn’t speaking to them unless they hear an audible voice.

But God speaks to his people in a variety of ways. Yes, sometimes there is an audible voice. But more often than not, it’s through different means.

One of them is worship.

That’s when God’s people gather to sing, pray, read the Bible, learn, and encourage one another.

Consider Acts 13:3: “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” While they were worshiping, God spoke.

Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola write, “When we enter a spirit of loving worship through singing or spoken praise, our spirits become more sensitive to hear Jesus speak as well as to receive from Him. In doing so, we turn off our souls to the frequencies of the world, turn them on to the spiritual realm, and tune them in to hear the voice of our Lord.”*

As you go through your week, and as you worship God, or prepare to worship God, ask him to use that experience to communicate with you. Ask him to give you “ears to hear.”

You’re less likely to hear God speaking to you if you never expect him to.

By Matthew Ruttan

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
–*Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola, Jesus Speaks: Learning to Recognize & Respond to The Lord’s Voice (Nashville: W Publishing, 2016), p. 181-2.

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