Don Jankowski has been at Good Life from the very beginning. He serves as the Lead Usher as well as facilitates the Wednesday morning journal group that meets at Panera Bread on University and Tuttle at 6AM. Here is a word from him in respect to hearing from God.
Do you want to hear from God?
Do you want to hear God when he speaks to you? Do you want to be closer to the Holy Father? Do you long to be blanketed by the protection and direction of the Holy Spirit?
If the answer is yes, the first step is to want it enough to slow down and be quiet. If we desire our Father to be our intimate protector and guide, we have to be silent. If we want to hear Him, we just have to listen for Him. He is always there, are we aware? The static and interference of daily life sometimes makes it hard for us to hear the voice of God. However we can use today’s tools and technology to draw us nearer to the Father so that his voice is like thunder in our ears. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8)
Many of us pray often to God. We pray for direction, we pray for wisdom and we pray for help for ourselves and loved ones. After we petition God, do we actually listen for His response? Do we silently wait for every utterance of his words? This is hard for some of us, when our lives are filled with busyness and distractions.
In the times of Moses and even in the days of Jesus, there were not the distractions that we have today. Long days tending to crops or sheep held many silent opportunities to meditate and communicate with God. Likewise, travel from town to town was a long walk or donkey ride. Without a car radio, they would travel in silence with little else to do but listen to God.
Today, we often travel long distances, to work or to visit family and friends. Why can’t we travel in silence and enjoy the presence of our Lord? We can. All we have to do is turn the radio or cell phone off! Imagine that, nothing in our car but the presence of our Heavenly Father. Do you doubt then that you will hear God? “Let us arise and go, so that I may make an altar to God, who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone” (Genesis 3:5).
Another way to hear the voice of God is through His word. “Man shall not live by bread alone. But by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. Is you setting aside quiet time every day to hear from the Holy Spirit? Do you start each day reading the bible or devotionals? When you go to sleep, are your final thoughts on Sportscenter, or God your Father? Make time each day for your Provider and your soul will be tuned to hear God’s word in your life.
Technology today can distract us. Also, it can give us tools to be more aware of Jesus. It is amazing that we can read the Bible in the palm of our hand on our smart phone. There are many Bible apps that enable us to read God’s word in the grocery store or while we are waiting to pick up kids from school or practice. Many of us have daily devotional books, but do we read them? Why not have a daily prayer emailed to us each day? Would you rather read the world’s email or God speaking directly to you daily? Rather than listening to music or sports talk, why not listen to Podcasts? Many of the great teachers of today offer podcasts of their sermons. Good Life Sunday messages are saved for future playback. God is speaking to us through some of his most skilled and faithful servants. Most of us have a daily calendar, where we can set reminders on our phone or computer. We can set them to remind us to pray daily. We invite you to join your brothers and sisters at Good Life at 1:28 every day as our phone alarms remind us to pray for our church. We all set alerts for appointments at work, why not set appointments to listen to God? Let’s vow to use the tools of the world to bring us closer to Jesus and the only life that lasts forever.
There are many distractions fighting for our attention. The enemy wants us looking anywhere but to God. Our lives can be filled with the Holy Father if we slow down, pray and be quietly listening. The technology that distracts us can also be used to focus us. Then surely we can have the Holy Spirit living inside us, speaking to us and guiding us.
The Lord our God has shown us his glory and majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire” (Deuteronomy 5:24). Are you listening?