The word of God is the heavy Bible that is sitting on my side table. Nestled inside a decorative cover, it sits just to my left on top of a pile of magazines I haven’t had a chance to read.
Yet, the word of God is so much more!
The Word of God is God himself.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1-2 (NIV)
The Word of God is also inside me.
The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart. Rom 10:8
We often refer to Jesus as the Living Word. He is in us.
I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:20
Therefore, God’s Word is living and active inside of my heart right this very minute. The Word speaks to me if I listen closely.
It has taken me many years to learn how to listen to God’s living Word that is inside my heart. There was a time in my life when I began to get serious about hearing from God. I gave away my T.V. and stopped my internet service. I spent my evenings reading scripture, praying and worshiping. Those times were very rich. Sometimes three hours sped by, feeling like five minutes. I slowly learned to hear the gentle voice of God.
I have never heard the audible voice of God, but I have friends who have. One friend tells the story of how he was sitting in his regular spot in his favorite bar, on the day of his daughter’s birthday. God literally spoke in his ear. “Is this how you intend to spend the rest of your life?” My friend turned around, looking behind him for the source of the voice. No one was there. He got up and walked out the door, leaving his sitting on the bar, half full. To this day he has never entered a bar again.
This work of commitment and active listening is not easy. It is hard work. I had to make the decision every single day. I spent many hours that year sitting at God’s feet. I often took notes on what He was telling me. I read and reread the New Testament. I studied the Old Testament as well. I wanted to be sure that what I was hearing from God was truly Him, and not simply my own desires.
Once I learned to discern His prompting, I returned to a busy life of serving people at church and in my community. I do have a T.V. now, but I am careful to not let it devour my time or fill my mind with desires of the world. I stop often and spend time with God, listening.
How much time do you spend listening for God’s voice?