The Liturgy of the Hours starts every day with the Invitatory, Psalm 95. Part of the Psalm reads:
“Today, listen to the voice of the Lord: Do not grow stubborn as your fathers did in the wilderness, when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me, Although they had seen all of my works.”
As we go about our busy lives it can be easy to miss God’s voice. Sometimes we might even believe that large portions of our day are only meaningless filler. However, God does not add “filler” to our lives. He is ever present and active and he is speaking to us all the time, especially through the trials we face.
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Sometimes when we face a trial we can get so focused on the problem that we fail to recognize the significance of what is happening and how God is speaking to us through it. Our trials are really an invitation from Christ to take up our cross and follow him. If we face our trials and examine them we will always find meaning in them.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28:20
Of course, it is easier for us to to see God working in our lives when things go well, but I challenge you to ask yourself how he is speaking to you in the difficult times. He does not leave us during those times and if we fail to listen for his voice during those times of spiritual refinement, then we might be missing a valuable opportunity to learn what he is trying to say to us.
Today listen to the voice of the Lord. Psalm 95:7
Are you listening to the voice of the Lord? Every day?