What Hinders an Encounter with the Lord?

Thought from Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries

God wants to communicate intimately with all His children, but sometimes we’re too busy and preoccupied to hear Him. If you can’t remember any encounters with the Lord, perhaps it’s because your ears are attuned to the world’s sounds and voices.

To emphasize my point, consider how much silence you experience in a typical day. Is there a time when you’re quiet and receptive to the Lord, or is your day filled with voices and commotion from morning till night? When God has to compete with all the activity and clatter in our lives, His voice is drowned out.

If you feel disconnected and distant from the Lord, it’s not necessary to stay that way. He desires closeness, but you’ll have to draw near to Him, quiet your spirit, and listen for His voice speaking through His Word. Then when He comes with a special message, an open door of communication and intimacy will already be in place. The time to begin drawing near is now, not when you desperately need to hear from him.

Be Love, Give Love


About the Author


Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”