Can You Hear From God?
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“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.”
There are times in your life when you cannot hear from God because your mind is crowded with thoughts, worries, fears, and plans. If your phone is constantly pressed against your ear, when God calls he is unable to reach you!
As you read Luke 8:7, when Jesus talks about seed falling into thorns, Jesus is referring to these distractions.
As you read this story you will notice that this soil is better than the shallow soil because the seed actually sprouts and grows. But then the plants are never able to bear fruit. There have been many who have heard God speak to them, but as they move on with life then thorns begin to choke out the fruit.
If you are always busy and can’t hear God, you are facing the “thorn” of busyness. Many times we confuse busyness and activity with productivity and they aren’t the same thing. In your spiritual life you may be busy but not productive. Jesus says distractions are like thorns that can grow up in your life, just as weeds grow in a garden.
There are several types of thorns that can prevent you from hearing God’s voice:
The Worries of Life – In the original language the word worry means “pulled in different directions.” So think about this; when your life is pulled in different directions, you are worried and if you are worried, you can’t hear God.
The Riches of the World – You can spend so much time trying to make money to pay the bills and get out of debt that you can’t hear God.
Pleasures of Life – God gives you pleasures to enjoy, and they are a good thing. However you can get so busy chasing the pleasures and fun of life that you forget to pursue God as well.
Have you ever noticed that it takes no effort to grow weeds? In many ways weeds are a sign of neglect. This should remind us that when we neglect our time with God, the weeds start to grow in your life. To remove these thorns we need to learn to overcome our busy and preoccupied minds.
1 Kings 19:12 says “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And
after the fire came a gentle whisper.” We need to remember that if we want to hear God
whisper to us, we need have to be quiet.
I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend.