Do you know God’s voice? What if I told you that you could recognize God’s voice in the same way that we recognize our spouses voice on the other end of the phone? All it takes is having constant communication with God. Pastor Rick shared a great message on communicating with God this past Sunday and you can listen to it here.
If you’re new to prayer, it can seem overwhelming to start this whole “constant communication” thing with God. And it can be even more overwhelming to think about recognizing God’s voice. In 1 Samuel 3, we read a story about a young boy named Samuel who learned how to recognize God’s voice. God called out to him 3 times and he didn’t realize it was God until Eli, his mentor, helped him realize it was God calling out to him and encouraged him to listen.
When we aren’t in regular communication with God, it’s easy for us to not recognize his voice when He speaks. But, as with all things, it just takes time and intentionality. In order to recognize His voice, we have to spend time with Him. The more we are in communication with Him – both speaking and listening – the more familiar we become with His voice. And the best part about it is that we don’t have to figure it out alone. Samuel had Eli to help him recognize God’s voice. In the same way, we can look to spiritual mentors to help us as we dive deeper into our walk with God. The perfect place to find a spiritual mentor or other people walking the same journey as you is in a small group!
My challenge for you today is 2 fold:
- Be intentional about keeping communication constant with God. Look for opportunities throughout your day to talk to God – even if it’s as simple as thanking him for a beautiful day. In addition to talking, take time to be still and just listen.
- Find people to walk with on your journey of a closer relationship with God by joining a small group! Small groups kicked off this past Sunday and there is a group for everyone! See our list of groups here.