Stop, Look & Listen: Keys For Tuning in to Hear God’s Voice

by Karin Peavy on September 2, 2016

in Guidance, Hearing God's Voice, Walking with God, wisdom

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Stop, Look & Listen: Keys to Tuning  in to God's Voice


My son, hear [listen to] the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

–Proverbs 1:8-9 (brackets are mine)

As a kindergartener, I learned a rhyme to help me learn how to cross the street:

Stop, look and listen

Before you cross the street

Use your eyes, use your ears

And then use your feet!

If you were to adopt the stop, look, and listen guideline into your spiritual life you would avoid many problems and unhappiness. When faced with a decision, God does not want you to guess at what you are to do. Instead He wants to give you a specific plan. But to receive God’s plan, you must get still before Him.

Unfortunately, there is a major hindrance that might keep you from doing so: busyness. Perhaps you have become an expert at running around at breakneck speed in taking care of your career, parenting responsibilities, hobbies, or volunteer work. Busyness causes you to make snap decisions that can land you in hot water.

I’ve been guilty of the latter. On more than one occasion my own thoughts crammed my mind and I did not take time to pray. In one situation, I lost my job as a result.

God may want you to be involved in church work and He definitely wants you to care for your family, and to be a good worker at your place of employment. But if you leave Him out of the mix how can you expect to be successful at performing these tasks?

Is the number of tasks on your “to do” list measure how important you are? How would you feel if the wheels of activity suddenly came to a grinding halt? The truth is your self-esteem should be established only on the fact that you are God’s child and that He loves you.

Do you use busyness to mask pain? If so, dear one, God wants to heal you. He wants to give you the strength to face the past. It doesn’t matter how difficult your life has been. There is nothing too hard for God.

Stop, look and listen to God.  He is speaking all the time through scripture, nature, other people, your own spirit and more. You need to train yourself to tune in to Him. When you do, your life will be more ordered. You’ll avoid unnecessary pain and experience more peace and joy than ever before. 



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Michelle H. September 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Karin. I appreciate your posts.


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