What are we expecting to hear?
So let’s just say we are ready to listen to what God has to say to us. For some of us this has been many years coming of putting it off, getting busy or plain out apathy on our part. For some, this may be the first time of trying to distinguish the voice of God and obtain much needed direction for our family, business, or life’s calling. We are fasting, praying, getting rid of distractions, all bunkered down in a place of refuge (even if it is in the midst of our crazy schedule and surroundings)—now what? What are we expecting to hear? Will it be something we want to listen to or are willing to act upon? Here are some probable factors we will have to process:
God will probably tell us to do something that doesn’t make sense to our natural thinking. It won’t be what we expected to hear or be similar to what we’ve seen happen to others. Naaman was a man with leprosy who sought healing from the Lord through his prophet, Elisha in 2 Kings 5:1-14. Elisha told him to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River and he would be healed. That sounded ridiculous to Naaman who said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.” He thought surely God would do it this way…
God will probably tell us to do something that isn’t in our comfort zone. Something that’s not in our “sweet spot” or “pocket.” We will be most tempted to say “no” to whatever Jesus speaks. After all, it’s just too hard, not fair, and must be for someone else to do! Just ask the rich young ruler.
God will probably tell us to do something that will directly concern those who do not know His Son, Jesus. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10). He called us to do this work as His ambassadors here and here. He is always on mission.
God will probably tell us to correct something. Uh oh!
Do we still want God to speak? I sure hope so!