June 22: Hearing the Voice of God

Read Psalm 29:1-11

When I was a senior in high school, I felt the Lord calling me to attend college outside the state of Ohio, and was eventually lead to the business school at The University of Tampa.

I knew from the first week on campus I had made the right decision. I was making friends from across the world, engaging in some new challenging leadership initiatives, and was plugged in to a church that shared the same love of Jesus I had, but embraced a totally different way of doing ministry! God was doing crazy things in my heart and it was such a great season of growth.

But then, in January while I was home on winter break something started to nudge inside me and say, “Taylor I need you here” [here being northeast Ohio]. And I was so confused, and unsure of what to think. Was God really asking me to go home after just one year away?

I pleaded with the Lord, “Show me your will! Direct my path Father.” But at the time I didn’t feel like I got an answer. I began to think, “Is God ever going to answer me? Does He still speak to us?”

I did end up making one of the toughest decisions of my life, leave a school I loved, to pursue the calling the Lord laid on my heart. And it wasn’t until after I made that decision to trust Him and follow His plan, that He did speak to me and reveal a glimpse into the plan He has for me in Wooster and at The University of Akron.

We all can relate to this in some way can’t we? We want God to speak to us, we want Him to make a decision for us, or just tell us why something needs to happen.

But God doesn’t fit into a box like we often try to put Him in. He isn’t some genie in a bottle that is going to pop out an answer or give us a gift.

David’s description in Psalm 29 exemplifies the power and might of God’s voice. His voice is powerful, yet majestic [v. 4]. His voice makes mountains move [v.6] and the wilderness tremble [v.8]. His voice is great and mighty, and He still speaks into our hearts and our lives. His voice IS still present!

The question shouldn’t be “does God still speak?” It should rather be “what are you doing to listen?” Are you praying? Are you meditating on His word? Are you seeking wise counsel? Are you trusting Him?

For me it took a leap of faith before I got an answer. For you it might be taking five minutes to pray about it, but we all have to be willing to listen, whether we like the answer we get, or not.

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About sbk

I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org
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