Discerning God’s Voice

Have You Stopped Listening?

“But they did not listen” {Jeremiah 7:26}

Have you ever been in a super long Starbucks’ line, waiting to place an order, and hear the conversations of the people in front—and in the back—of you? You ever notice how you cannot make out what they are saying? Or—maybe I’m just the weird one in the room. For the most part I cannot understand them because the conversation does not concern me enough to draw into it. I hear them, but I’m not listening. Does that make sense? Well, let’s first start with’s definitions of what it mean to “hear,” and to “listen.”

Hear: “perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)”

Listen: “give one’s attention to a sound.”

Listening and hearing are two separate things—yet, they each support one another. Truthfully we must be willing to do both in our relationship with God.

“While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.” {Jeremiah‬ ‭7:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬}

In Jeremiah 7, the generation of Israelites of that time were so consumed with their practices, and worship to false gods that they had stopped following truth. God, in all that the people had done, still spoke again and again to His people. They did not listen and nor did they answer Him when He called. They, instead, trusted in “deceptive words” that were worthless than in the words from God. The people of Israel would not “reform” their “ways and actions.” Neither did they “deal” with one another “justly.” The Israelites did not obey God. In turn, God said that He would abandon that generation for their disobedience.

How can anyone obey God without first listening? I believe that generation’s biggest downfall was not listening. Not listening is disobedience and disobedience is rebellion. Our lives can get consumed with many things—both sad and great things. We can get burned out and put our relationship with God on the back burner.

God wants to be in your life. You are His child. You’ve been adopted, my Friend! Before you belong to yourself, your marriage or your responsibilities—you belong to Him.

I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. {Philippians 1:6 AMP}

No matter which season you are in, always remember who created you and why He has created you. You have a calling on your life. A friend of mine once said that we must ask the question, “Whose am I?” We’re just walking around thinking we belong to ourselves and/or to our responsibilities. Nope. We belong to the One and Only true King—God Almighty, the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It’s through Jesus that God has saved us. Our God is faithful to us, and in turn we must remain faithful to Him—our Creator.

No excuses.

Listening to God can, and will help us with life’s struggles and troubles. We cannot get through our lives on our own. I wonder what it will be like if you, and I surrender to God’s will for our lives? What would happen if we surrender our responsibilities to Him? Let’s FIND OUT. Start today.


Dear Heavenly Father,

We humbly come before you asking that you will show us how to be still and to listen to you when you are speaking to us. We surrender our own lives to you and our responsibilities. Guide us through your Word, through your messengers of the gospel, and through the power of your Holy Spirit. As we learn how to listen and to surrender, LORD, help us to be faithful to you in obedience to You and Your Word.

It is in Jesus Christ’s mighty name we pray. Amen.

By Zakia Boone

Welcome to TTL! I am a part-time blogger from one of the world’s most dangerous cities in the U.S. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, my mission is to live out Jesus’ last commission in Matthew 28:18-20. I consider myself and all believers travelers of The Gospel (The Light).

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