90–10

We all want to hear God speak to us, don’t we? Why can’t He just tell us what He wants, loud and clear—so many things would be easier. But what I heard the other day from a friend at Bible study made me think about hearing from God. She said that we should speak only ten percent of the things we are thinking. I agree. That would keep us out of so much trouble! I like the verse about being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. It’s a great goal to shoot for, but not so easily reached. All this made me think about my dad. He has lived in Heaven for one year as of this week. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, the family listened. We could be at a large family gathering, and everyone could be talking all at once…which we normally did. The volume level grew louder the longer we were all together, until…my dad started to say something. I can remember the conversation dying down, and more listening than speaking going on during those moments. Was it because my dad was so wise? Perhaps. Was it because what he said was that important? Perhaps. But mostly, it was because dad didn’t waste a lot of words on things that didn’t matter. If he was going to speak, it needed to be said. He must have lived by the 90-10 rule—thinking 90 percent, and speaking 10.

So, in talking with another friend this morning concerning how we hear from God, it came to me—God is seemingly on the 90–10 plan of talking to us. If we really want to know what our Father is thinking/saying to us, more than just those not-so-frequent times when we hear His whisper, we need to be in the Word. It seems to me that God speaks more on the scale of 90 percent of the time through His Word, and more like 10 percent of the time in a gentle voice. That small whisper comes in different ways, and at different times, as His Holy Spirit is working in and through us. But we never know when, where, or how He will speak to us in that way. Whereas, we can hear from God each day in our Bible reading. He is right there at our finger tips. What a privilege we have been given, to be able to read our Father’s letters of love and instruction to us whenever we want.

Bottom line, if we desire to hear from our Lord, in whatever way He chooses to communicate with us, it is an exciting way to live life. It is how we should live life. Listening for God in all different ways. Burning bushes aren’t happening much these days, pillars of fire aren’t directing us through a desert, God’s presence isn’t found in the Temple between the Cherubim…but the Holy Spirit does dwell within those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ. We couldn’t be closer to our Lord on this earth than having Him living inside of us and having the Word of God to turn to each day. No wonder our enemy, Satan, tries his best to keep us out of it!

Searching And Noticing the Divine might be a lost art in today’s crazy world, but let’s not let it be lost on us. By opening the Word of God, searching through what’s written there, and noticing how much we are loved by our Savior, the Divine will speak to us anytime, anywhere, and about most anything. And the more we are searching through the bold 90 percent of God’s Word, the more we will probably notice the gentle whispering of the 10 percent when it comes.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to
make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong
and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)