When I first came to know the Lord, it was my desire to audibly hear His voice in response to my prayers … but most of the time, that isn’t how the Lord speaks to His children.
In this post, I’d like to share with you how I went from seeking His voice with my ears … to seeking His voice with my heart.
Any time in the past that I would ask the Lord something that I really desired to have an answer on, I would pause, hoping to hear a response from Him. There would be nothing clearer to me than an audible reply, and because I didn’t know of any other way at the time, that was what I sought.
I never heard anything.
From my young perspective, it appeared that He didn’t care. But as I’ve grown closer to Him, I can clearly see that each and every time He was silent, He was silent out of love – and here’s why.
In seeking His voice and His loving guidance elsewhere, He has taught me to focus more on Him. Merely voicing a request and instantly gaining a response won’t strengthen my faith at all – or, at least, not as much as He desires.
Yes, it would be great to immediately hear from Him sometimes – and when the time is right, He never hesitates to come to our aid. But my faith could not grow if I didn’t encounter trials and difficulties.
We can not fully learn to trust in Him within our comfort zones; He must coax us out of hiding, He must call us to live a life devoted to Him. The more distress we go through with our hearts firmly relying on Him, the stronger our love for Him will be, and the stronger our faith in His timing will be.
When I pray now, I have the firm reassurance that He is always listening, even when He is silent. Thus, I am not concerned that my prayers ever go unheard.
At the perfect time and often in the most unexpected of places, He answers my heart’s desires.
If our eyes and our hearts are open, He is faithful to respond. Take a look around and see. ❤