Last week we had the chance to think about a few ways that we can begin to hear God’s voice again through our busy, cluttered and noisy lives. I really think this is a worthwhile cause and goal in our life because God really wants to know us and have a relationship with us. We mentioned 3 ways that we can hear God in a noisy world. Now if you’ve followed those 3 steps you’re on the right path. But there are many other things that we can do to hear God’s voice in our busy lives. Here are a few more ways,
4) Read at least one chapter of the Bible everyday.
“But He answered and said, It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ ” (Matthew 4:4). Think about that for a moment: God expects us to live on His words and not simply on our daily bread. If we are hungry for God in our lives might we benefit from 5-10 minutes of one on one time with our maker? Don’t starve yourself when God wants to feed you.
If you haven’t spent time with the Bible in the past, I would highly recommend beginning with the New Testament. Don’t worry if you find yourself stuck on a passage, make a note and move on. You can always ask your priest or pastor or Sunday school teacher for help later.
What if I just don’t have the time?
5) Find alternative ways to hear God’s word.
Whether you’re commuting home or walking to class there are many ways to hear the good word. You might try listening to Bible Mp3’s or Cd’s. You could also download a Bible app for your phone. Many of these apps have an option that allows you to listen to the passage on the screen. There are also many great podcasts these days. You can tune in and hear preaching, teaching and generally encouraging stuff. I highly recommend Ancient Faith Radio as a good place to start. Also take a look at apps like Stitcher which allow you to search and stream your favorite stations or programs.
6) Talk to your priest.
As Orthodox Christians we are given the privilege of having men who are ordained to help us and guide us. If you look in the Bible, one of the main ways that God communicated to His people was through certain individuals instead of speaking to the whole group at once. You would probably be surprised to find out that your priest wants to talk to you. He wants to have a relationship with you and wants to see you succeed in the spiritual life and in every aspect of life. Isn’t it comforting to know that God has not left us orphaned, but has given us guides and counselors in the faith? You might even ask him to meet you for coffee or lunch sometime!
Now we have 6 ways to help us hear God’s voice in this noisy world. Which of these will you try?
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