“A man may say, ‘These words (talking about the Bible) are addressed to me,’ and yet in his heart not feel and know they are. He is the victim of a divided psychology. He tries to think of God as mute everywhere else and vocal only in a book”- A.W. Tozer
I sometimes forget that God is an active, ever speaking God and am the man that Tozer here discusses as being a victim of a divided psychology. God’s nature is to speak and to reveal. He calls us into a relationship and that infers discussion, conversation and speech on His part.
Too often I relegate His speech to the Bible and find myself missing His voice throughout the day. I sometimes think the only time I can hear from God is in my evening devotional time (mornings are tough for me with the little kiddos), so I may tune out the possibility of hearing Him the rest of the day. Yet, God is always speaking.
I may be the only one in this but I allow the noise of my circumstances, my busy-ness, even my ministry to clog my spiritual ears from hearing His voice. Sometimes quite frankly I like the excuse that I was too busy to hear Him because I know what he’s going to say and if I hear Him, I will have to obey the voice. So, if I conveniently don’t hear it, I can’t be held responsible, right?
Even when it’s an unintentional thing, I still flood my ears with noise. Shutting everything out is hard for me. Setting my phone, iPad, and my computer aside is challenge enough. I feel as if I need to be tethered to these lines of communication, as if somehow while taking time to be silent before God and hear His voice I may miss something important.
The sad thing in all of this is he speaks not just in those times of solitude, but through nature, through others writings, through art, through the voices of others but even then I bypass His words to me because I’m busy and need to move on.
When I sit down to think about this reality, I am forced to ask: “What have I missed? What blessed Word did He desire to speak to me that I neglected to allow its intended impact into my heart and life? Who have I missed blessing?”
I don’t mean to say I am in some spiraled down pity party here but the fact is, I know I’ve missed a lot of stuff He’s intended for me.
EVEN WHEN reading the Bible I have missed it. The Scriptures too are alive and are continuously speaking life, truth and words for today. Too often in my life, I’ve approached the Scriptures as an educational exercise to feed only my mind so I can arrogantly walk about pretending I know all that’s in the Bible simply because I can parrot what it says. In many ways, those times of study have produced no real fruit in my life because I didn’t allow the ever-speaking Voice to transform my heart and life.
Have you suffered from missing God’s voice? God is always speaking. Will I do a better job of trying to pay attention everywhere? I hope so. Will you?