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2:30 AM   [04 Jan 2015 | Sunday]

Stop Expecting and You May Hear

Sometimes, directions from the Lord are more discernible when we least expect it. That sounds like an oxymoron, especially when we have been taught to expect to hear from God. That is part of faith (see Romans 10:17). So yes, absolutely believe to hear God speak to you. The issue is overemphasizing a particular area that “requires attention.” The problem arises when we are not in a state of rest. When anxieties takes over, and faith is elusive. Faith required trust, and when we over focus on the issue in front of us, you know that mountain, somehow God is no longer at the forefront. When we lose sight of God, we lose sight of faith.
God is Alpha and Omega, He holds the ending from the beginning. He knows our future because He is already there with it in His hand. He has every answer for every questions there is, and He knows what you need, when you need it. You have to trust Him with answer before He gives it to you. Sometimes, He teaches people to walk in peace in the Holy Spirit by withholding that answer before He gives it to them. Some people will not rest until they know it. That is a big problem. Rest does not come with knowing everything first. It comes with trusting the One Who knows absolutely everything. Some of you will not rest until you have the answer. He can teach you patience in the process. As long as you try to get an answer before you trust Him, it may elude you. What happens if you do not like the answer?
That leads to another issue. What kind of answer are you looking for? The one you want to hear, or the one you need to listen to ? When you are bent on a particular answer because you are determined to have your way, you’re going to have a hard time getting one from God. This operates on at least two plains. One is that if you are not willing to hear the truth, you will be deaf to it. Secondly, God does not lie. You cannot expect a particular answer from Him, if it is the wrong one. It is easy to forget that His answers are better than ours. In fact, His dreams are much bigger than ours as well. If you refuse to listen to what the Father has to say to you, do not be upset with Him. Is it the one in the mirror that you are having issues with.
It very well could be that the answer you hope to hear is the right one. The heart of the matter might be the heart. Meaning, is your will submitted to Him? When is the last time you prayed, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven?” What about this one, “Nevertheless, not my will be done, but Your will be done?”
When we surrender our will to Him, it is amazing how much faster peace will come. When we do not expect a particular answer, that is usually when it comes the fastest; even, if we have to wait for a while. Someone might say, “I’ve waited for a long time,” but it could take even longer if you don’t trust Him with it. When peace comes, our hearts and minds are more ready to receive. We become responsive to that still small Voice that whispers in our ears. Anxiety rages against that Voice which is why it is imperative to come into the Secret Place, our Refuge and rest in the arms or our Helper in the time of need (see Psalms 91:1-6; Hebrews 13:5-6).
Finally, it is easier to hear God when we spend a lot of time with Him. We recognize the voices of those we know. How do we get to know people? By us spending time with them. For those who struggle to hear Him, do you only talk with the Lord when you need an answer? Has it occurred to you that He loves to talk about others things besides our crises? Yes, come to Him when you have need, but remember the Father loves His children and loves spending time with them. Jesus is absolutely amazing Company. In fact, in His presence is fullness of joy (see Psalm 16:11). Our Father loves to hear about our dreams. He loves doing things with us. Could the reason some are not getting an answer is the answer they are looking for does not include Him? He wants to be part of your solution; in fact, He is your Solution!

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