Our own attitude gets in the way of us hearing God. We must create the right frame of mind in order to hear Him.
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge come easily to the discerning.
Think about it: Why would we not hear from God?
- We don’t want to. If we hear from God, He will expect something from us.
- We can’t. We don’t know what His voice sounds like and we cannot discern it.
- We hear it, but ignore it because He isn’t telling us what we want to hear.
- We have never taken the time to learn His language.
If knowledge comes easily to the discerning, then how do we become discerning?
- We need to figure out what we want. Do we want to hear from God? If so, are we willing to receive what He tells us and to do whatever He says?
- We need to find out what His voice sounds like, and we need to figure out why we can’t hear it. Is there something or someone in our lives that is blocking the signal? Lifestyle will do that; so will hidden sin. Wrong relationships will mute His voice, too. What’s funny is we KNOW what is blocking His voice, but we are unwilling to do anything about it.
- If we hear His voice, will we obey it? The works of God display–and fairly shout–His existence, which, in turn, requires our attention. The Spirit of God comes to us and invites us to join Him. Jesus is building His kingdom, which is the Church, and He wants us to not only be a part, but to help Him build it. Are we willing?
- It’s difficult to understand what the Spirit wants if we haven’t taken the time to learn His vocabulary, what He likes and dislikes, and what He is likely to say and what He will never say. All of these traits come from reading His Word.
Let’s pull some verses out of Ephesians 4 and 5.
5:18 Do not get drunk on wine [or anything that fogs your brain], which leads to debauchery [making ungodly decisions concerning pleasure]. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
How do we get filled with the Spirit? We sing to God His own words and our own prayers.
5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We sing to remember; we sing to instill His truths in our hearts; we sing to re-align ourselves with Him; we sing to ward off the enemy, the devil.
10 Find out what pleases the Lord.
What DOES please the Lord? When His children live in unity of the Spirit and harmony.
1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
King David knew how unity makes every get-together, every family, and every kingdom run more smoothly. Unity requires everyone to practice Jesus’ Platinum Rule: “Love one another just as I have loved you.” John 13:34. We must “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in all things consider others better than [before] ourselves. Phil. 2:3. We must also “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” We are to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Eph. 4:2-3. In everything, we are to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love [which means sacrifice], just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Eph. 4:32-5:2
Want to know what God is saying? Read these verses every morning and implement them. You will hear His voice soon enough–and feel His good pleasure!
Abba, may I take my own advice and commit these verses to memory so that I can implement them everyday. Hearing Your voice, O Lord, is what makes each day bearable and worth living. Speak to my heart, Lord Jesus, speak that my soul may hear. I’m listening. Amen.