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I Can't Hear God

I can’t hear God, I don’t see him in my situation, do I have this whole “faith” thing mixed up?

Why am I doing everything I am supposed to and I don’t see any good changes; I think I'm seeing more negative things happen to be frank! I am so exhausted by doing my devotions, praying, going to church, serving, and whatever else is on my “Good Works Checklist.” I am doing all of this and getting all these accolades from humans and then not seeing God work in my life. Why am I not healed, why can’t I find a job, why am I still struggling with this sin, and why do I feel anxious all of the time? God! Help me see you in my life! I am desperate to see something happen. Sounds like the list I tell myself sometimes or I hear many people express. We are just humans, we have real emotions and questions that can drive us to the point of madness.


Create a Real Relationship

To be honest, we long for answers more than we long for a relationship with God in certain seasons. We are going to God for him to “fix” your marriage, help your child who is still addicted to that substance, to make a miracle happen with your finances, and more. God FIX this! If God had an administrative assistant to sort out the Prayer Voicemails that were Thankful/Worship vs. Prayer Requests/HandyMan Requests. There would be more of the requests and I wouldn't like to have that job.


Our relationship with God can feel like a routine. You need to shake things up. This may sound a little crazy to some, but you need to date God. You read that correctly, go on a date with just you and God. My favorite dates are going to nature based activities; hiking, walking through the park and sitting at the beach. Literally admiring his amazing works of art on this earth. Thanking him for his creativity and the colors and… well I can go on about that but for times sake I won’t. I talk to him about my life, how our relationship has progressed, how can we improve our relationship, and how grateful I am to have him in my life etc. All things I do in a human to human relationship. This gives me time to analyze and get a different perspective.


Fast

Rekindle your relationship. If you have never gone a fast, maybe it's time to do one. This is a time to humble yourself before God and put your fleshly desires to the side. Take this time to spend more time in God’s presence, reading The Bible, and pressing into your faith on a different level. Jesus did a fast in Matthew 4 to prepare himself for ministry. He fasted from food for 40 days & nights. Fasting can have different aspects to it.


Recently, I had to take some time away from my world. I refrained from speaking to my loved ones and even going onto social apps. I needed to do a fast...PRONTO. Listen, I love people as much as anyone else, but I could not hear God as clearly as I wanted to. There were some small fears I had about certain situations, but they piled on to it. I was trying to remain grounded in my faith and TRUST God; everything else was drilling holes in my foundation. There are times we get consumed with everything going on, whether it's our own thoughts, our loved ones opinions or a combination of both. Your faith and doubts are both fueled by what you hear.


Romans 10:17

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.


Renew Your Mind

The loudest voice I want in my head is God’s. Second to that, is my own voice.


Romans 12:2

2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


When you allow your anxiety or others opinions to ring louder in your head than God, it changes things. You get blinded from the blessings you have around you. God will be working small things in your favor and you will see a fault in everything. If you were to tell the story of your day to a child that you cared about, what would it sound like? Point out even the small blessings. When we have our minds wired to only see the negative it makes it really hard to see the good. Time to rewire your brain!


Perception

Mark 8:22-27

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.


This scripture came to my mind. What is clouding our eyes from seeing the things (blessings) for what they really are? We are looking and seeing trees which are the negatives in our situation. It takes a personal encounter with God to help change your perception. It’s YOU telling God that I beg you to touch my life and to see your works in my life. I beg to see your grace, mercy, and everlasting love within my life. It's the encounter in which you drop the baggage before God and work on developing a real relationship. Taking some time to get to know how God has put his hand on your life. Be thankful for it all. Even the rejection you should be grateful for. It is protection and also redirection for something better suited for you. So thank him for the No’s as well!


Lastly, get in community; join a Bible study group or get around other people that can fuel your faith. This choice of joining the walk of faith was not a mistake, but like any relationship there will be some situations you have to face head on and keep going. Do not think you’re a failure because you have questioned where God is. Job, in The Bible, had plenty of questions for God. If you take some time I am sure he will answer you too!


This is a relationship you want to build, not a daily checklist you just want to fulfill to say you are doing it. Revamp your heart and mind. You might just see that that stranger that told you exactly what you needed to hear on a bad day, was actually sent by God.


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