When I’m So Busy I Can’t Hear God

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Sometimes when we’re used to being on-the-go, or even just working to prove our worth to people and to God, it can be hard to be still and listen to God.

Matthew 5:1,2 NLT
5 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them.

Great Things Can Be Learned When I Listen

Psalm 119:97 NLT
Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long.

Romans 10:17 AMPC
17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

It is so good to hear the voice/Words of Jesus!

Matthew 5:3-10 NLT
The Beatitudes
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
    for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

There is so much in these eight verses. Dare I look deeper?

James 1:25 NLT
But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
(Emphasis added)


It’s More than Knowing

I start thinking about my habits. How intentional am I to remember and do His Word? You see, remembering and doing requires time and reflection: two things I’m less likely to do if I’m in a hurry!

Joshua 1:7, 8 AMPC
7 Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

This is so good. I spend so much time chasing: money, more resources, approval, etc. What do they get me?

John 6:63 NLT
The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing.

Spiritual life is what I should seek, and after that I am given success, joy, life, etc.

Matthew 6:33 NLT
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

When I sit at the feet of Jesus to know, remember, and do His Word, not only does it bless me spiritually, but also in every area of life! I have to detach from the idea it is riches, glory, honor, and prestige I seek. It is God, His kingdom, and righteousness. My heart needs…my energy also needs to be diverted in attention to the Words of Christ: to know (hear), remember (memorize and understand), and do (obey). This unlocks heaven.

Heed Deuteronomy 6

This chapter illustrates perfectly what we’re learning! It shows a passionate single-minded pursuit of the living God through His Word and the blessings that come as a result. Never did God intend for us to follow stuff. He wants us to follow Him, and the stuff will follow!

Mark 10:29-30 NLT
29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.

This is a powerful promise. If I give up the pursuit of God’s rewards to follow and center my affections on Him, it will benefit my life now. I’ll start to experience multiplication. This is all I’ve ever wanted, but really, that’s wrong. My greatest joy is hearing, knowing, and following the voice of God in Scripture and prayer. That is my life. That’s the kingdom. Running after things drains my life. Running after God fuels, enriches, and prolongs it.


  1. Differentiate what actions fuel or drain you now. What changes can you make today to add life to your everyday experience?
  2. Identify versus other things the place God has in your heart. Is knowing, enjoying, remembering, and obeying His Word first place?
  3. If God is not the center, examine what changes are necessary to make the switch, and then do them. Get whatever help is necessary!