|Detroit Institute of Arts|
Our motivation for wanting to hear God speak to us can determine whether or not God will speak to us. Surely God is uninterested in simply telling us what we want to hear. Dallas Willard quotes F.B. Meyer:
“So long as there is some thought of personal advantage, some idea of acquiring the praise and commendation of men, some aim of self-aggrandizement, it will be simply impossible to find out God’s purpose concerning us.” Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, p. 33).
God is not going to cooperate with this. We must therefore have a different motivation for hearing God's voice and knowing his will for us.