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Listening for God’s voice?

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The other day I heard husband John ask me, “Did you know that the Bible talks about owls being evil in both the Old and New Testaments?”

“Really?” I responded. “I know owls can be vicious in swooping down to grab up prey, but I don’t remember any scriptures about them being evil.”

“Not ‘owls,’” John said, “I said ‘idols.’” Oh.

And just today, I thought I heard son David say, “My dog walker is depressed because she lost her dog.”

“What happened to it?” I asked, thinking about it being run over by a car or dying of old age.

As David talked on, I finally realized he had not said, ‘dog,’ but rather ‘job.’ Oops.

Needless to say, after the virus gets tamed, one of the first things I’m going to do is go out to buy new hearing aids.

Hearing God’s voice is a different matter, though. Spiritual hearing can’t be improved by sticking little devices into our ears. 1 Kings 19 tells of Elijah’s standing on a mountain, waiting to hear from God, who didn’t come in the wind, in an earthquake or in a fire, but in “a still, small voice.”

God speaks to us through His holy word. God can speak to us through music, sermons, books and other people. God can speak to us through His Holy Spirit, who brings up thoughts. The important part is listening.

Of course, we need to make sure that God is the one speaking to us, and not be like the woman who told God if He wanted her to buy a doughnut, then He’d open up a parking space for her in front of the Krispy Kreme. And sure enough, on her 15th circle around the building, a spot became available.

One source I read said people are not Elijah, so we shouldn’t expect God to speak to us like He did for that prophet in biblical days. But why not? Let’s always be open to hearing from Him.

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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