Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. [Heb 1:1-2]
Our God is not a silent God – he is a God who speaks. During the month of Advent we focus on the one moment when God spoke with searing, blazing, blinding clarity through his final, ultimate Word, Jesus – the Word made flesh. But God is a God who is constantly speaking to us. The problem is that we fail to listen…
The Scriptures teach us that God speaks to us through his creation – all of creation declares the wonderful character of our loving God. God speaks to us through his revealed word, the Bible – it is the living, active words of a living, active God who longs for relationship with us. God also speaks to us through one another. All of us Christ-followers have been given the same Spirit who calls us to a lifestyle of encouraging one another. And God who dwells within us by his Holy Spirit, speaks to us directly from his Spirit to our spirit.
God longs to speak to our hearts. He longs for us to know the will of our heavenly Father, to engage in conversation with him, to follow his leading moment by moment. He longs for us to know his thoughts. He longs to direct us through words, a thought, a desire, an uneasiness, or a prompting. He is always speaking to us. We just need to learn how to listen. In order to learn to hear his voice, whether we’re alone or in the midst of chaos, we must make time in the secret place to seek his face.
As we enter the season of Advent, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas celebrations, take time to stop and pray – to seek the face of your heavenly Father and to listen to his voice. Open your heart to hear his voice through whatever way he chooses to speak to you. To hear his voice…you simply have to stop and listen!