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Gen 3:8-10 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.””

When the voice of God was heard in the Garden of Eden, Adam was hiding from His presence even though he heard His voice. Why? because of his sin. Death and life can not be at the same place, that is in our mind; darkness and light cannot coexist in our mind through which we are trying to concentrate or listen to His voice. Sin or any uncleanliness should be repented and cleared out of our way before even we try to listen to God’s voice.

Sin is like the depth of the sea where temptations are like the roaring waves that hits the shore repeatedly without tiring. If a man stands on the shore, waves will constantly hit him. If the man loses his ground then he will be dragged into the depths of the sea. Likewise, when the devil, like a roaring lion comes against us as the waves of the sea again and again, we have to stand firm on the Rock of Salvation.  If we know, doing some tasks will bring temptations, then we need to avoid those tasks if it is possible (Ps 1:1). Also, when we stand near the shore the noise of the waves are too loud especially when it was very rough. Likewise, the noise of the temptation will be too high when it comes to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. So stay away from the noise of the temptations when it is in your power to avoid it. When you have less time to fight the temptation, you will have more time to listen to God with much less noise around you. Move to the higher ground. Therefore, sin and noise of the temptations are a hindrance in listening to God’s voice.