Sometimes when my wife and I are talking, my son will interrupt, saying, “Dad, Dad, Dad…Stop…talking…just…play!” In these moments, he’s only interested in playing and because we are neither playing nor talking about playing, he is not interested.
Part of our struggle to listen to God is that He is not always talking about what we are interested in.
Throughout the Gospels, the Pharisees ask Jesus many questions about the law. They assumed the law was the path to God’s favor and blessing. They hate the humiliation and suffering Israel has endured in exile. Their concerns are urgent, but all Jesus wants to talk about is Himself.
We too have urgent concerns. Where will I live? Who will I marry? When will these kids stop being crazy? It can seem as if God never answers our questions or speaks to our needs. But God does speak to our needs, because Scripture is always speaking about the Son of God, the one who we really need. Scripture speaks, not of the details of the future or the secret to a pain-free life, but of the truth that is essential to know in every circumstance – Jesus reigns as the sovereign Lord, and He is good.
 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
– Romans 8:28