When God’s Voice Is Drowned Out

The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great.”

–Genesis 15:1

If you have daughters or granddaughters, then you probably know that haircare is a full-time occupation. When my two daughters were young, my job after their bath on Saturday nights was to blow-dry their hair while we watched television. But invariably, the blow-dryer would drown out the sound from the television set. The problem wasn’t that the TV was muted; the problem was that another sound closer to us was drowning out the voices coming from the TV.

It’s the same way with God’s voice in our lives. One reason we may not hear God speak to us is that there are uncontrolled emotions drowning out His voice. And of all the emotions that drown out God’s voice, perhaps none is more potent than fear.

Perhaps you have felt like God’s leading you to pursue a new vocation, move to a new city, or marry a particular person. But your mind has been paralyzed by two words: What if? You think, What if I enter this new line of work, and my business goes bankrupt? What if I uproot my family, and they’re unhappy? What if I marry this person, and the marriage ends in divorce?

Abraham dealt with what-ifs in his life. In Genesis 14, Abraham rescued the people of Sodom and their possessions from the kings of the east. The king of Sodom was so grateful that he told Abraham, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself” (v. 21). Abraham replied, in essence, “I don’t want your money. I don’t want anyone to doubt that the Lord is my provider.”

What a great act of faith! But that act of faith was followed by doubt. Abraham started playing the what-if game: What if the kings of the east regroup and attack me? What if my wife leaves me for a wealthier man? What if my IRA isn’t sufficient to provide for my needs? In that moment of fear, God said to him, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great” (15:1). God was saying, “Abraham, don’t worry. I am your protector. Nothing is going to come into your life that I haven’t ordained for you.”

When you are overcome by fear and unable to hear God’s voice, Ephesians 6:16 says you need to “[take] up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” What is the shield of faith? It’s the assurance that God is not going to allow anything to come into your life that’s not part of His perfect plan for you. God is your shield.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “God’s Thundering Silence” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

 

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