Listening for God’s Voice

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I’m pleased to be back to share with you a special Bible study
that I write for my church, CedarCreek, and their daily Bible study program
called Living It Out (LIO). Each study is taken from the pastor’s Sunday
sermon, attempting to bring clarity and further explanation, or just to bless
you in a deeper way as you strive to “live out” the teachings of the
Bible. If you’re interested in a deeper look at what you read here, please feel
free to SIGN UP  for
daily emailed studies to be sent to your inbox, or check out the audio versions
for a quick Bible pick-me-up each day.

Words truly do matter! After all, if you misspell a word or forget a
word, it could change the entire meaning of what you are trying to say. Take a
gander at excerpts from actual church bulletins across the country and see why
words matters:

  • Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles,
    and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
  • The outreach committee has enlisted 25
    visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church.
  • Evening massage – 6 p.m.

  • The Pastor would appreciate it if the
    ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the
    pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.

  • Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet
    Thursday at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please use the back door.

  • Ushers will eat latecomers.

  • Our youth basketball team is back in
    action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill
    Christ the King.

  • The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much
    to the delight of the audience.

  • Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist
    for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible
    Experience.”

  • Remember in prayer the many who are sick
    of our church and community.

  • Don’t let worry kill you off—let the church help.

Although
we can get a good laugh from these Bulletin Bloopers, we need to realize that
we are competing with voices and words trying to drown out the Word of God and
its truth and how God speaks to us and impacts our daily lives.
Looking through the window on the morning of an unexpected snow, it can
be difficult to spot the traces of the familiar path of the driveway or the
sidewalk. But since you’ve lived in that home for many winters, you know it’s
there; it’s just a matter of hauling out the shovel or the snow-blower and
getting to work at finding it. It’s the same with searching for God’s voice.
You’ve heard it before, so you know it’s there.
An important thing to bear in mind is that our God desires to commune
and fellowship with us. In 1 Corinthians 1:9, Paul writes that He “has invited
you into partnership (fellowship) with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Fellowship involves a great deal more than occasional or sporadic
communication. In this technological age, when it’s so much easier to maintain
and nurture long distance friendships because of the capacity to keep in closer
touch beyond the occasional phone call, consider the many options we’ve also
been given to nurture our relationship with God.
If the love of your life lived somewhere else for a time, you would
certainly utilize every platform possible to keep in touch and to fellowship
with them. You would email and text regularly, set times for intimate phone
calls so that you might exchange little details about one another’s daily
lives, perhaps even chat with hope about that coming day when you’ll be
reunited at last.
How much more diligent can we be about listening,
praying, reading His Word, and pushing through the noise to find that still,
small voice within us that seeks a conversation? His desire is to share an
intimate fellowship with each of us…even in the winter of our relationship with
Him, when we have to haul out the shovel to find it.

When listening, reading, or even praying doesn’t
clear the path to God’s voice, keep digging. It’s there, beyond the noise.