Maybe he stops speaking if we stop listening

I can think of some things lately that although I think God wants me to do something better, I still do the worse thing. The lazy or selfish thing. And I justify it to myself because I’m so spiritual that I assume I can make these decisions without him.

But also lately a friend of mine has been telling me the things that she hears God say to her, like pretty often. I got all skeptical and tried to prove to her there was no way for her to know it was always God.

And she humbly admits that probably some of the stuff she hears ‘from God’ maybe is other voices, but most of the stuff she ‘hears’ really does seem to be beautiful and life changing to her. I’ve seen it work! Like it gives her a peace that most people don’t have. And when I talked through my skepticism  with her, we sort of realized that I was discounting super religious things because I hadn’t heard God in the same way.

And then I thought about the times God might have been speaking to me. Like when I feel like I hear I’m not supposed to do something that is probably a sin but I do it anyway. Or I feel like maybe I should slow down and pray, but I just finish the project I’m working on because that’s more important to me.

And I started wondering if I don’t listen when God speaks to me maybe eventually he just stops talking- at least until I’m willing to listen again. And then I get all skeptical because I can’t hear him in the two minute time frame I give him to speak, or telling me just what I want to hear.

And, believing that our God is really good at heart I assume it is not as much him backing away as it is me deading my spiritual ears, but the effect is the same. It seems like he stops speaking. I can’t get mad at God for not speaking to me if whenever he does I don’t even do what he asks of me.

Raw Spoon, May 2, 2016

4 Responses to Maybe he stops speaking if we stop listening

  1. Billy Daniel says:

    Betcha He does not quit speaking! Betcha we quit listening! Sometimes I wonder also if it is God through the Holy Spirit, or and angel or some other way we hear the still small voice. These questions caused me to develop my web site to put together resources to help one develop a conversational relationship with God. Do we pray with the expectation that He will hear and listen or do we do it out of habit or what? Love this post by you Ross and also the painting of the last supper at McDonald’s

    • raw spoon says:

      Yeah I bet he’s always there ready for us as soon as we turn. Thanks so much for you support of my writing and my art, Don!!! You are such an encouragement to me!

  2. rollingk says:

    Totally.
    I think you’re spot on.

    Cause His promises to guide us and give us wisdom of we ask and never leave us are unshakable

    But we are the ones at the bottom of the mountain with our golden calfs –
    We’re the ones not seeking His face

    This is a good sermon.
    You should listen to it!!

    http://www.newphiladelphiachurch.com/podcast/2016/Hongdae/2016.04.10.sun%20-%20The%20Golden%20Calf%20-%20el.mp3

    Or you can watch here

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gNO0tMWVq8g&feature=youtu.be

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