This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
I wanted to set these verses before us again so that we could see how God leads us each day. When we love God, we are able to hear his voice. God has not given us his commandments only to turn us loose to obey them by our own power. He offers us his voice, and we can listen to him throughout the day. If we do not love God, we will never hear Him speak. But if we love Him, our ears will be opened.
Lord, open my ears that I might hear you speaking. Speak to me not only once, but continually! Teach me to listen to you throughout the day, for you are not a silent God, but one who is ready and willing to speak to all of your children.
There is a promise in this passage that if we love God, we will hear His voice. Obedience to God is a cooperative effort, and so we must learn how to listen. First, we should train our ears to recognize God’s voice. We have the power to do this with our physical ears and can listen to another person’s voice, even in a crowded and noisy room. We also have the power to listen to God with our spiritual ears, even above the noise of this world. Throughout the day, we can pause and listen. If we do so, we will hear God as we make decisions throughout the day. But we can also set aside time to allow God to speak. If we do so, we will hear different things, larger things, as God reveals His greater will for us.