Our world is filled with a lot of noise. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to detach ourselves from noise and distractions and find a quiet place where we can rest, reflect and draw closer to God.
You might even be asking, “Is there any such place as a quiet place any more?”
Well, yes … but you have to go to Minneapolis to find it. There you will discover a room that’s 99.99 percent sound proof.
Interestingly, Steven Orfield, whose company is responsible for creating this sound proof room, said, “The quieter the room, the more things you will hear.” In fact, it’s so quiet that the longest any person has been able to stay in the room is 45 minutes.
What does that say about our culture?
God understands the need for quiet. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
It’s in the “stillness” that our hearts and minds are calibrated to the presence of God. It’s in the stillness that we hear God.
That might sounds strange to you … maybe even bizarre. But God is active in our world today, and I believe He desires to speak to you and me. He doesn’t have a permanent case of laryngitis, unable to speak any longer. He loves you … and like any “love” relationship, He wants to speak, not just listen.
But how do we listen?
Where do we begin? And how do you “hear God” without others calling you a lunatic.
As you reflect on Scripture, you will discover a truth that is at the core of hearing the voice of God. In fact, it’s a truth so simple that we often miss it:
Relationship, not role, is the context for hearing and obeying the voice of God.
So what does Jesus have to say about the topic of hearing God? In John 10, Jesus says that he is the “gate for the sheep.”
In other words, he’s declaring that he is the way — the entry point — to a relationship with Father God. But then Jesus begins contrasting a good shepherd and a hired hand.