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When we ask God to speak to us, it’s often because we’re at a tough spot or a crossroad in life and need some direction. We don’t always seek God’s voice when we don’t think we need it.

I could remind you that we always need God, but that’s not the point here. If we don’t seek God even when we don’t “need” Him, that can tell us about how much we want Him around in the first place, or at least how often we’re listening for Him.

Most of us don’t put God aside on purpose. We do want Him around, we just don’t often think about Him actually talking while He is around. We need to remember that we’re not the only ones that talk in this relationship. Communication is a two-way street, and it involves each person taking turns to talk and to listen.

When we seek God out of desire and not just need, we’ll have a deeper relationship. This is what God wants. You’re not the only one talking all the time, and God is not the only one talking all the time. You aren’t supposed to talk together only out of need. Just like when you have a good friend, it’s natural to desire each other’s company even when you don’t need them to help you move a couch.

For more: God’s Voice