Thursday – April 18, 2024

1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6

By Becky Hill Martin

Moms have supersonic hearing. We can tell that’s our kid crying at the daycare from 3 blocks away through a construction zone during rush hour. With my head buried in the closet in the back of the house, I can hear my husband getting into the candy I thought I hid in a kitchen drawer. But hearing God’s voice doesn’t come easy. It didn’t come easy for Sammuel either. He was minding his business, when suddenly God’s calling his name. Thing is, he doesn’t recognize the voice. After a couple of rounds, and with Eli’s guidance, Samuel finally tunes in to what God’s saying. It’s relatable, isn’t it? Sometimes, despite praying for clarity, we’re surrounded by so much noise that hearing God So, here’s my take on getting that spiritual hearing aid:

Step one: Disconnect. Shut off the distractions—the buzzing phone, blaring TV, and the constant demands of life. Even if it’s just a short breather, carve out that quiet space.

Step two: Dive into the manual. What better way to get to know someone’s voice than by reading their words? Spend time in God’s Word, soak it in, let it resonate.

Step three: Focus, focus, focus. God often speaks through our thoughts, but if our minds are cluttered with everything but Him, it’s easy to miss His voice for the noise of the world.

Step four: Check yourself. Yep, I’m talking about that pesky negative self-talk, the ego trips, and the resistance to doing things we don’t feel like doing. Sometimes, we’re our own worst enemies. But hey, recognizing it is the first step to overcoming it.