While this would appear to be one of the easiest things a Christian can do, I would guess it is one of the least practiced of all disciplines in today’s fast paced society because it requires us to stop. When was the last time you stopped everything you were doing? I mean, literally, everything. When was the last time you just sat in a quiet space with nothing to distract you?
We live in such a fast paced world that we have become accustomed to having to multitask while our brains are flooded with information—it’s how we operate today which presents a challenge when trying to put aside distractions to listen to God. Like I said before, practicing the discipline of Christian meditation is a challenge—even when it is part of your job! But the benefits of going away with God to listen as He speaks are immeasurable.
God is always speaking to us but we too often crowd Him out with the busyness of our day. When we hear God’s voice—his affirming, encouraging, and life-giving voice—we become surer of who we are and what we are to do. Would you take a few minutes right now to practice this spiritual disciple of listening and obeying God’s voice? Ask God to help you put aside anything that would distract you from hearing Him and allow Him to speak! It may not be easy but as you do this more I am confident that you will discover the sweetness of taking time to listen to God speak.