Jul 19

Hearing the Coach’s Voice

This devotion was written by me eight years ago. I think it goes well with our study this week.  Hope you enjoy….


Hearing the Coach’s Voice

“Come here and listen to me!  I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.”  Proverbs 1:23 (NLT)


I was recently attending a soccer game of my eight year old son, Hayden. He prefers to play offense, in hopes of scoring a goal, but on this particular day, his coach had him playing defense for the majority of the game.  His coach had recognized that even though Hayden was good at playing offense, he was even better defending the goal as a defensive player.  The game was very close and our team was down by one.  Everyone was excited and many of the parents were a little vocal to say the least.  I noticed the coach shouting to Hayden, “Back up and play your position”.  Another adult spoke up saying, “Kick the ball and follow through”.  Still another voice urged, “Come on #9, chase that ball, go for the goal!”  “Move up”, “Go right”, “You can get it”!  The coach was beginning to get impatient and finally said, “Come on Hayden!  Listen to me!”  I noticed the look of frustration on my son’s face.  He looked as if he were about to cry.  When the game ended, I asked Hayden what was wrong.  He simply replied, “I couldn’t make up my mind who to listen to!  I couldn’t tell which one was the coach’s voice.”


This situation provided me with two important lessons – one for my son and one for me.  For my son, I explained that in order to discern the coach’s voice, he needed to stop, be still, and look at his coach. I encouraged him to listen to that voice only and learn to recognize it so he could always hear it above the rest.  And then, the most important part, to obey his coach’s words.  Even though all the others meant well, it was his coach that he needed to listen to and obey.  Then he would be a wiser and better soccer player.


My lesson was much like my son’s but with eternal ramifications. How often am I guilty of not listening to my Coach’s voice?   In the book of Proverbs, God says “Come here and listen to me!  I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.”  So often I get busy…too busy to stop and “come here and listen” to the voice of my Coach, my God, whose voice is the only one that matters.  Just like Hayden, sometimes when I do not slow down, I hear many voices.  Friends, family, books, television, and others mean well but can never take the place of He who is in authority of me.  In Hebrews 2:1, we are told to listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.  In order to listen very carefully to anyone, I must first silence everything else around me.  Then and only then can I determine the one and only voice of my Coach.

This situation, an ordinary soccer game, proved to be such an important life lesson for both me and Hayden.  I shared the lesson I had learned with my son.  I confessed that I had been way too busy and that God was calling me to slow down so that I could hear His voice.  I also told Hayden that the next step was for me to demonstrate the truth I had learned by actually obeying God.  I committed to guarding my quiet time with the Lord, reading and obeying His Word, and being still enough to hear what He had to say.  A story from the Old Testament came to mind and drove this truth home.


In the book of Deuteronomy Moses is recounting the Ten Commandments for all of the Israelites.  He needed their attention, so he “summoned them” (NIV), he “called all of the people of Israel together” (NCV and NLT).  In other words, he gathered them so he would have a captive audience – an audience that would be sure to hear him. Chapter five begins with Moses saying, “Listen carefully to all the laws and regulations that I am giving you today.  Learn them and be sure to obey them!”


Listen, learn and obey.  Just as Hayden’s soccer coach called him to listen, learn and obey, Moses called the Israelites to do the same.  And our Lord is calling us all to an obedience that always begins with hearing the Coach’s voice and culminates in wisdom. “Come here and listen to me!  I’ll pour out my spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.”

My Prayer for Today:

Dear Lord, help me to guard my time and focus on what You are saying to me.  Slow me down when I get too busy to hear Your voice.  I trust You to give me the wisdom I need in this game of life.  Help me to listen, learn and obey Your Word.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Application Steps:

Recount the order of your daily schedule.  Are you taking time to hear the voice of the Almighty Coach?  Evaluate how well you are listening, learning, and obeying His voice.

What life lessons from God can you teach your child (ren) today?  Take the time to nurture your children by sharing daily what God is doing in your life and theirs.

Wisdom is knowledge in action.  Write down one way that you can put into action something you know that God wants you to do.  Then be obedient and do it!

Reflection Points:

Am I spending time with God so I can be sure it is His voice that I am hearing?

Do I seek advice from friends, family, or popular personalities before going to my Heavenly Father?

Are my children learning how to determine the voice of God?  Am I taking the time to teach them?  Am I showing them by doing this in my own life?

Power Verses:

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Hebrews 2:1, ” So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” (NLT)

Deuteronomy 6:4,  “Hear O Israel!  The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” (NLT)

Mark 4:9,  “Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand.” (NLT)

Luke 6:49,  “But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.  The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (NIV)




  1. This devotional was a great tool in teaching us to recognize how we definately need to have quiet time with God to hear His voice. Without time with God we can be lead astray by the other influences in our lives. Thanks Melissa!

  2. Wow….how awesome and amazing is God!!! He always provides me with a message just when I need it the most!!! Thank you for allowing God to work through you Melissa!!!! It’s amazing how far I have come in 8 weeks, this study quit being about my abuse so many weeks ago, now it’s about me and my walk with my Savior!!!! So freeing :)

    • This is so true! It is becoming less & less about what happened to us & more & more about our walk with God!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for this, Melissa! A reference to anything athletic (as I was an athlete for a good chunk of my life) brings the point home for me. My son’s soccer schedule is about ready to get rolling too, so the point is driven in even more this morning. Be blessed, girl! Matthew 5:1-12. 😉

  4. Thanks for the reminder that we all need…to be intentional about making space for quiet time with the Lord, and also to stop and listen for His voice. I can’t hear Him if I’m not listening!

  5. Thanks for this devo, Melissa. It is a reminder for us to be serious about our time with God. Although, many of us have different things we are dealing with, the purpose still the same, being free in Christ!!! I have enjoy all this weeks and can’t believe how far I’d come.

  6. Michele G says:

    Thank you so much for this study, I feel like I am seeing for the first time. Keep your eyes on the Lord and keep in the word and he will direct you. I am beginning to get my direction and bearings it is about the Lord and not my sins those are forgiven. And I am so blessed to be apart of this study.

  7. Melissa, I loved this devotion… Made a good point! I think God must be trying to tell me something… Our chapter this week is “Quiet Time”. Then… my ‘Message from God on fb this morning was that silence is golden; when we are quiet, we can hear God’s messages to us. And to top it off, another devotion I get via e-mail is titled ‘The Power of Quiet’. I couldn’t believe it………

    I so wish I could say that I have had a big breakthrough like other people have had… but I can’t say it and be honest. I will say that I had a rough session with my psych yesterday. She tells me that because I had basically repressed all that “stuff” for so many years, that it is going to take me a while… She told me that it is like going through the grieving process. But!! I have enjoyed this study so much – and I have learned from it as well… I am just healing a little slower, I guess, as is usual for me. One of these days, I will send you a message that says I am all better!! That IS what I am striving for!!

  8. Melissa, a very good devotion today! Thank you for sharing it with us! I have learned so much in this study! Thank you for all the time you have devoted to helping us through this study and all of your prayers and support!

  9. I have to agree with the comments above that this has become no longer about me, and my past. It has become more of finding God in the midst of all of that, and getting to know Him all over again! There was a time in my life where I felt I lived, breathed, ate, and slept Jesus. I had a very deep relationship with him, at that time. I felt I “KNEW” Him. Life somehow got in the way, and I backslid for several years. I am finding God again. I am finally able to build that relationship with him again! He is showing me that when I seek him first, life is so much better! I am more able to reach out to others now, and help them, too! I am so blessed by that!!

    Thank you for such an amazing journey!!

  10. Thank You for sharing this with us it hit right at home with me today plus I just finish with chapter 6 which I have learned that I am a worry wart and I dont stop and listen. I need to hear this post today. I am so gald to be apart of this studie I have learned alot. All of you are in my prayers. God Bless

  11. Marilyn Sable says:

    Thank you for all you are doing with this study. It has been really revealing to me. I have found that resentment, fear, and lack of finances are my strongholds and being overly organized is keeping me from a close relationship with the Lord. I am so good at studying, and writing and organizing that I stop short of commiting time with the Lord. I have everything set up to spend time with Him but I never get there.What is keeping me stuck??? Am I so controling that I cant let go and let God???

  12. You make such good points in a memorable way. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I have been trying to do this study but just can’t face it. I have read the first four chapters and I am stuck…opening that book seems so overwhelming. I was in Christian counseling and the cost was close to $200 a month. I had to stop because of finances. Today my counselor called me and told me she had been thinking about me alot lately.She said she applied to be a provider with my insurance company today. If they accept her that will make my out of pocket cost only $10 a session! It would be a huge financial burden that would be lifted and I know I need to go back to counseling for myself and to save my marriage. Please pray the insurance will accept her as a provider and that I can get back into counseling. Thank you so much, all of your prayers are appreciated :)


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