18 Jun (012) How to Hear from God When You’re Too Busy (God Conversations on a Mountaintop)
Yes, the podcast today is for those who can’t find time in their busy schedules to get away for hours and sit cross-legged on a mountaintop! It may be the longest headline ever, but I think it encapsulates what we all long for. The thoughts in this podcast provide some solutions to our busyness problem and how to hear God’s voice in whatever situation we find ourselves.
We start by looking at the introverted practises of the ancient mystics and the paradigms we have about hearing God’s voice as a result. Yes, it’s wonderful to get away, to extract yourself from life’s responsibilities and find a quiet place to clear your mind. But getting away is not always possible when there are toddlers running around our feet, or we’re pressing to meet that work deadline and our annual leave has run out.
The good news is that it is possible to hear God’s voice whatever our day to day lives look like. The beauty of the new covenant is that the Holy Spirit will be with us wherever we go, whatever we do. God is with us in the midst of the traffic jam, in the office when the boss is making demands and in the kitchen when there’s flour in my hair. Jesus himself said that it would be better when he leaves (John 16:7), because the Holy Spirit can now speak to me wherever I am. We don’t have to go somewhere; we don’t have to retreat to lonely places to hear from God.
A more helpful emphasis to how to hear God’s voice in the midst of busyness is this; Adopt a seeking posture whatever you’re doing. Cultivate your hunger. We do this by:
- Asking regularly for God to speak; asking him questions and communicating with him daily.
- Listening and being inspired by the God-conversations of others.
- Believing in faith that God will speak to you (Hebrews 11:6).
Then we can express that hunger to hear his voice in accordance with our personality and our lifestyle. We make it a habit to remember him and give our attention to him. Hearing his voice is more about the state of your heart than the state of your body. When we’re listening, his voice is able to find us wherever we are.
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How do you best hear from God? On top of a mountain? In the car? Jogging on a track? Share your thoughts in the Comments below: