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Philip Yancy, on Knowing God’s Voice

Nov 10, 2010


I read this quote from Priscilla’s Discerning the Voice of God the other day, and it reminded me to simply step outside and get quiet.

“I know the Lord is speaking to me when I stop listening to sounds from the world that feed my sense of pride and ambition.  Instead, I fall quet, tune in to God’s great world around me, and actively listen. Sometimes nature speaks, telling me of God’s majesty and glory. Sometimes God’s Word speaks, reminding me of what God wants me to know. And sometimes the Sprit speaks, awakening my conscience, reminding me of failures, stirring my compassion and sense of justice, aligning me with God’s will. I cannot control the voice of God or how it comes. I can only control my ‘ears’ – my readiness to listen and quickness to respond.”

~ Philip Yancy, quoted in Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla Shirer

My head and heart are often so filled with the clamor of life – the clocks, the schedules, the demands, the errands, the media, and the what-in-the-world-am-I-going-to-fix-for-dinner dramas – that the still, small voice I long for just cannot be heard above it all. Waaay too noisy, people.

So I pulled on a sweater and opened the door. The cool breeze that hit my face refreshed me even before I took my first step down the driveway. Oh, I didn’t hear an angel choir or booming instructions from on high. I didn’t even hear the still small voice of my Master – but I did answer the tug on my heart to step away from the din for a few moments.

To be ready to hear. To be in a place of attentiveness. To tune in to God’s great world around me.

Are you attentive today? How will you step away from the din and into His presence?

Rachel Anne