Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it." Isaiah 30:21 NASB
Discerning God's voice is a topic that has been puzzling man for thousands of years, beginning with characters in the Bible such as Gideon. Perhaps like me, you have experienced times when it felt like God was hiding and you were unable to see clearly the path He desired you to take.
I have learned that the first step to discerning God's voice is to identify sin that may be hindering my ability to hear Him accurately. As a believer, I have been made right with God and from His perspective, sin does not change that. Though scripture is clear I should not sin intentionally. However, practicing sin is like wearing a new pair of shoes.
I have always wanted to have a pair of red shoes. This may sound funny to some but I am not very fashion forward and often my shoes are the neutral colors of black, brown, or white. So believe me, red is outrageous in my closet. During one of my web-surfing sessions, I had been looking at cute red flats and I decided to jump in the deep end and buy a pair. A few days later, I put them on and they felt comfortable. Being compelled to wear them, I picked out an ensemble to wear with them for the next day.
About mid-morning, I noticed that my shoes were pinching the back of my heels, and by the end of the day, I had blisters the size of Texas. When I healed, calluses formed in those places so my feet were less sensitive to the damage the shoe was causing.
Just like those shoes, sin can seem exciting and fun but it causes us to develop spiritual calluses that reduce our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. The more I practice that sin, the less I am able to hear from God because I am not in tune with His Spirit.
Through David, God gave us a guide on how to approach seeing sin. Psalm 139:23-24 says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way."
What I find really interesting about this scripture is that David is calling on Elohim. This is the name of God that encompasses the character of God as revealer. He knows all things and everything about me so He is able to reveal to me any areas where sin lives and prevents me from being sensitive to His voice.
Isaiah 30 gives us a glimpse of how God responds to those who turn away from sin. He promises to stop hiding Himself and to say, "This is the way, walk in it."
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Spend time praying Psalm 139 and listening to God as He shows you what needs to change in your life.
God, search me and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. Show me if there is any sin in my life. Lead me in Your paths for Your name's sake. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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