How can you expect to hear God calling you if you don’t listen?

Calling he is. You just have to listen. You will hear God calling you if you simply take time to listen.

Look around you and you will actually “see” God calling you. Open your eyes to God. If you look for him, you will find God in every person and situation around you. You will find him in the news headlines. The problem is that we don’t really open up our eyes to recognize God in others and the world around us.

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. Luke 24:15-16

God is in everything. We simply don’t open up our ears to hear and eyes to see him in our lives. We let the roar and glare of the world shout and blind him out. We don’t speak to him and get up and follow him in our lives. There’s a reason why Jesus spent so much time healing the mute, blind, and lame. We may not be physically mute, blind, or lame, but most of us are soulfully mute, blind, and lame.

“I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” John 9:39

Before I heard God’s call, and understood that he was all around me, I was blind to him. As they say, “Out of sight, out of mind.” With me you could have reversed that—“Out of mind, out of sight.” I say that because I did not think about God, except maybe for a few minutes on the weekend as I went through the paces of going to church. At best, God was for those few minutes on Sunday when my mind was not wondering off at church thinking about my golf game or all the work I had to do that day.

Now that I have heard God’s call in my life I see him all around me—in people, places, and things. Don’t get me wrong—the heavens have not revealed themselves and I don’t walk around shouting, “Alleluia!” I am simply more aware of the presence of God around me. I find God in more situations in my life. God will pop up in more ways than you can imagine when you are aware of his presence in your life.

What you have waiting for you when you realize that God is calling you and answer the call is a better understanding of purpose in your life. God has plans for each one of us for a life that is happier, more at peace, and more fulfilled than we ever thought possible.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

It’s impossible to hear God’s call if we are all absorbed in this world and the things around us. I have found that out the hard way. Living for the things of this world will always disappoint and lead to unhappiness.

But miserable, with their hopes set on dead things, are those who give the name “gods” to the works of human hands. Wisdom of Solomon 13:10

Living a life focused on the things of this world makes it impossible to hear God’s call. The call of the world, and the things in it, drowns out the call of God. That’s why so few people hear God’s call. They are too tied to the world—what they can see, touch, and hear—and not in touch with God.

Trust me. I’m speaking from many years of experience of only focusing on the world. After fifty years, the last thing I was aware of was that God was calling me. I was too absorbed in the world and myself. The strange thing is that I have attended church almost every Sunday of my life, even including when I was in college. So, it wasn’t as if I was totally estranged from God or that “religion” wasn’t a part of my life. However, I realize now in looking back that I simply went through the motions. I wasn’t really looking for God. Certainly, I wasn’t listening for his call. You can’t find God in religion. You find him in your life.

If the truth were known, I was more comfortable thinking and talking about anything else but God. I went through the motions at church but I was uncomfortable in any other setting talking about God. “Holy rollers” made me uneasy.

The world and my focus on it was a noise too loud that drowned out God’s call to me. Stick your fingers in your ears and start humming aloud. You won’t hear much of anything around you, except for the loudest noises. We stick the world in our ears and tune out God.

“Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people, and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.” Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward. From the day that our ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks. Jeremiah 7:23-26

If you don’t open your eyes and ears to God you will never find him. It’s that simple.

So, give God some time today from your busy schedule. Take a deep breath, stop the world for 10-15 minutes, and get in touch with God. He’s calling if you are listening.

2 thoughts on “How can you expect to hear God calling you if you don’t listen?

  1. love this post. I never took time to smell the roses until I had my “fight” with depression. I did it so much afterwards that I saw God in everything and was at piece with myself and in the midst of chaos around me. I need to get back to that. Thanks for the reminder.

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