And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.’
– Luke 8:7
You can’t hear God when your mind is crowded with thoughts, worries, fears, and plans, or if you always have the radio or TV on. And if you constantly have your phone against your ear, when God calls all he gets is a busy signal! All of these distractions are what Jesus was referring to in Luke 8.
So many people hear God speak, but as they go on their way, life’s worries, riches, and pleasures choke them, so they never mature.
If you are always on the go and you can’t hear God, you are facing the barrier of busyness. Often, we confuse busyness with productivity and they aren’t the same thing. If you keep going, going, going but you aren’t spiritually growing, growing, growing, you are busy, not productive.
There are three types of weeds that will keep you from hearing God’s voice:
Worries – When you are pulled in different directions, you are worried. And when you are worried, you can’t hear God.
Riches – You can be so busy making a living, trying to make money to pay the bills and get out of debt that you can’t hear God.
Pleasures – God gives you pleasures, and they are a good thing. But you can get so busy pursuing pleasures and fun that you forget to pursue God as well.
How much effort does it take to grow weeds? None. Weeds are a sign of neglect. When you neglect your time with God, the weeds start to grow in your life. In order to overcome the weeds, you must learn to overcome your preoccupied mind. 1 Kings 19:12 If you want to hear God whisper to you, you have to be quiet