I like music. I think I always have. When I’m working, I’m often listening to music. When I’m driving? Music. Typing up this blog entry? You guessed it, music.

Music can elicit memories of time gone by. It can create hope, joy, or even sadness. I’ve heard it said, “If art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time.”

Music is something we can pay little attention to and still enjoy.  But there are those wonderful moments when you get to concentrate on a song, maybe while listening on a really good sound system, that you can discover something new about a song that you’ve heard a thousand times before.

Personally, the same could be said for the way I listen to God sometimes. Too often I treat God like background music. He’s there. I enjoy hearing Him and knowing He’s there, but other things often distract me.

Then there are those moments where, by His grace, I hear him loudly. In those moments I find beauty in the subtlety of the things God has to say. I hear the depth of His words and experience things I’ve never experienced before in my relationship with Him.

Listen Up!

If you’re checking out a University Blog, there’s a decent chance that you are facing a crossroads in your life. Maybe you just graduated from high school, or you are considering transferring from a different institution. Maybe you are being led onto a new path later in life. Times like these are often times we yearn to hear God the most.

God speaks to us in a variety of ways, and if we’re not looking for it sometimes we may not hear.

Look at Elijah. In 1 Kings 19, Elijah was waiting to hear a promised word from God. A great wind came, but God was not in the wind. Then an earthquake struck, but still no word from God. After that came a fire, but God did not speak in the fire.

After all of these had passed, a gentle whisper fell on Elijah’s ear and the Lord God spoke to him in a still small voice.

Getting Rid of the Noise

Our world is full of distractions—things that can take our attention away from all that God has to say.  It can be hard to hear God in a world that is so noisy.

We are surrounded by both literal and figurative noise. Sometimes the best way to hear God is to step out of all of that and spend time silently listening.

Make sure that God is not background music in your life. Seek Him. Allow Him to be the first thing you listen for in the morning and the last thing you hear at night. Let everything else fade away and listen for His truth.

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