GOD WANTS TO SPEAK TO YOU, BUT YOU ARE TOO BUSY TO HEAR HIM
There would have been so many times in our lives, when God wanted to speak to us, but we were too engrossed in our personal lives to hear him. We have let our lives become so busy that we are have little or no time to fellowship with God. The good thing is that God never gives up, He will do whatever it takes to get our attention so that we can hear Him when He comes calling.
Let us take a look at the story of Moses in the Bible, and what God did to get his attention so that He could speak to him.
Exodus 3: 1-10
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
God most have tries so many times to speak to Moses, but he was busy tending to the flock of his father Jethro to even sense that there was a call of God hanging over Him. Many of us are like Moses, we are too engrossed in our own personal stuff, that we are not spiritually inclines to sense that God is tugging at our heart to come and spend time with Him fellowship.
Sometimes God allows certain events to happen in our lives so as to take our focus of ourselves so that we can focus on Him. God will do whatever it takes to take us away from our distractions.
Jesus had a very big ministry and followers. He went preaching and teaching the word from city to city. He was just a busy man that he once said to His disciples that, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work –John 9:4.
Despite his business, Jesus knew the importance of keeping regular fellowship with God. As a life style He got up very early in the morning before anyone, and went and spent time with His Father.
32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. 35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
We can only truly hear the voice of God, when learn how to pull ourselves away from our busy schedules. Remember that God gave your all that you have today – career, family, business, finances, etc – and we must make sure that none of these become a distraction to spending quality time with God. I have to come to understand that God can speak to us at any time of the day, no matter what we are doing, but when we are too noisy within ourselves, we don’t tend hear Him. When we do tend to sense that He is trying to speak to us, we are too busy to pay any attention, and then we wonder why our lives is in such a mess.
God needed to speak to Moses about the next phase of his life, but he was too busy to sense that. God had waited for so long to catch his attention. So God decided to take matters into His hands, by creating a supernatural and an unusual event, which eventually got Moses’ attention. The moment that God saw that Moses let go of his work, and came to focus on the burning bush, He called out to him, and Moses heard the voice of God for the first time.
Do not wait until something happens before you seek to hear the voice of God. It should be a daily occurrence. The book of Isaiah says it well, when it says, “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned – Isaiah 50:4
Right from the beginning of creation in the Garden of Eden, it was evident that God desires to commune and fellowship with man.
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Man was given access to the voice of God from the beginning of creation, but through our disobedience we messed that all up. Thank God that Jesus came to reconcile us back to God, so that we no longer need to feel guilty and run from the presence of God, where we can hear and respond to His voice.
Adam was able to do a lot exploits while in the Garden of Eden – i-e naming all the animals – Genesis 2:19 – because He had access and was able to hear the voice of God.
If Moses had not taking a break from his busy work/schedule to focus on what God was doing around him, He would have missed that great encounter with God, and would not have heard the voice of God. He would never have been able to step into God’s divine calling for his life.
God has a plan and a purpose for your life, do not miss out because you are too busy to get away from work or family to spend quality time with God and his word. There must come a time in your life when you will need to drop everything and focus just on God and what He is set to do in your life.