My sister asked God in prayer: "Lately you are so quiet, Lord.
I am in so much trouble but no matter how much I pray, I don't seem to be getting an answer from You!" She has an enviable relationship with God. I have always marvelled at her ability to hear that 'still, calm voice' of the Lord, but she had not been hearing from Him at all in a long time and it was bothering her.
When she went into a longer time of repentance and seeking God in every way the Holy Spirit guided, the 'still, calm voice' came back. The Lord told her, "Why should I keep talking to you if you do not care to listen?"
He went on to let her know about the different times He had spoken to her - the still calm voice, through people, through song, the Word and sermons - and she did not take heed. She was humbled and ashamed. She is now trying to rectify her walk with the Lord.
But her testimony got me thinking about all of us Christians. It is one thing to hear when the Spirit of the Lord speaks or when God sends people into our lives to deliver a message, and it is another thing to heed that message at all.
Many times we are waiting for particular things to happen, particular words to be spoken in a particular way, that we don't pay attention to the formula and are only interested in the answer.
When my sister jogged her memory, she remembered divine instructions she had followed for a day or two and then abandoned; she remembered reassurances received from God about certain situations, yet after a few days she would find herself questioning Him again.
Think about your own journey with God. When He talks to you, do you take Him seriously? When prophecy comes about your life, future, etc, do you take it seriously or do you believe in that moment and then weeks later you are doing something contrary to what God said and still asking Him to intervene?
The Lord keeps talking to us when we prove to be doers of His word. Not just hearers. All relationships thrive on communication and may God give us grace to keep our relationship with Him strong.