The hand of the LORD was upon me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.” (Ezekiel 3:22).
God speaks in many different ways to His children. He spoke through a bush to Moses. He spoke through a donkey to Balak. He spoke through prophets to his kings. He speaks through other believers. He speaks through the invisible Holy Spirit directly to us. And He speaks even through circumstances.
When God wants to speak a very important word directly to you without interruption from the noise of our busy lives, he will take us “into the plain.” The plain is a place of no distractions and no other persons. It is a place of silence. It can be a place of great need as it often fails to have the normal provisions we are accustomed to. It can be a place we go to voluntarily to seek His face, or by His supernatural move to bring us there without choice. More often, it is the ladder that we are brought into the plain. In modern times it often means a separation from our normal activities such as jobs or family.
The plain can also be a place where we discover afresh the hand of God has been upon us all the time. When we are so busy with life, we sometimes forget the hand of God is still there, gently leading our path. When our lives get so busy that we are not listening or responding to His gentle touch He must take more aggressive measures to get our attention. Thus, the plain is one of those appointed times of one-on-one communication with our Heavenly Father. No distractions. No people. No beautiful surroundings to distract. It is a barren place designed to allow us to seek and hear clearly. When He speaks we need to be able to listen. We hear much better in the plain.
Do you need to hear the voice of God today? Is your life such that you can even hear His voice? Each day God calls us to our own mini-plain in order to speak to us and for us to hear. If we neglect this time of open communication, we may be invited to His plain in order for you to hear without distraction. Pray that you might make time to hear.