A lot of times when we’re busy we don’t stop to take time to process what we’re experiencing. As a improvising musician, when we are in a live playing situation and have to play a song we don’t know on the spot, we have to quickly pick up the melody, chords, form, and feel all in the moment of it happening in order to play the right stuff. Well, one can execute a skill like this well only if they’ve spent a lot of time privately practicing on various chord changes, learning melodies, and studying song structures, etc.
The same applies to hearing the voice of the Lord when you’re going through life. The Holy Spirit is always there and ready to speak but your heart has to be in a posture to receive and apply what you hear. It’s just like creating music on an instrument, you have to practice and build up your reflexes between hearing and playing the right thing in the moment.
If you “AIN’T HEARING NOTHING” or you “CAN’T PLAY WHAT YOU HEAR”, think about it, how have you been spending your time? What have you been listening to? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So, much like how when a musician listens to various songs, styles and pays attention to specific musical aesthetics, they’ll get more ideas. The same applies to building your faith. When you meditate on the Word of God and also “shed” with others in the faith through fellowship, your faith will increase and get stronger. Then, when you’re facing challenging situations that test your faith, you can make good decisions that will help you better navigate through life.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.