When we are seeking to hear God’s voice, it’s important to remember that it isn’t reserved for priests and pastors, the powerful or the intellectual. God has something to say to all of us; God can speak to us in countless ways, every day. If we want to hear God’s voice more, then the first step is in acknowledging that He still speaks today. The second step is believing that He is speaking to you.
The narrative running through the Bible is one of a Father who longs to connect and abide with His children. The Garden of Eden paints a beautiful picture of the relationship God wants to have with us. God wants to walk with us, to talk to us and for us to live every day in companionship with Him.
Believing this incredible truth, that the God who created the universe is interested in what we have to say, is a powerful part of hearing God’s voice.
How to hear God’s voice
Some people hear God’s voice very easily while for others it takes practice and discipline. This doesn’t mean God is speaking more frequently or in a louder voice to any one of us but rather that He speaks in a multitude of different ways. You are uniquely made and there will be a language between you and God that is yours and yours alone.
Explore different ways to hear God’s voice; talk to friends who hear Him clearly; read books written by those confident of the sound of His voice. as you do you’ll find the approach that works for you.
Different ways to practice hearing from God
Here are four ways God speaks to us today for you to begin exploring:
1. Hearing God’s voice through Scripture
It’s an often observed truth that you will find Christians hungry for direction from God or for His voice in their lives who haven’t yet turned to the Bible. There is no end to the richness, wisdom and direction you can find in the Bible. Even books that you know and love well can take on a fresh poignancy when God speaks to you through them. This is a great place to start in your journey to hearing God’s voice.
Ask God to highlight a passage of scripture for you today. A verse or reference might pop into your head that you can turn to. Or, you can commit to a regular devotional on Glorify and ask God to speak to you through the scripture you read every day.
Just because these words are read by millions of other people or are words that you already know well, doesn’t mean God isn’t using them to speak to you today.
Jesus quoted scripture throughout His ministry. You can see how well other biblical characters knew the Bible too, people like David, Daniel and Isaiah made their decisions and built their lives around scriptures they would have grown up reading.
2. How to hear God’s voice through your thought life
God speaks to us through His Holy Spirit which resides in us. It’s remarkable and one of the most incredible miracles in history. What this means is that hearing God’s voice can come from within you.
John 14:26 is a practical example of how this can work: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
In this passage, Jesus is describing a way that you can hear God’s voice through your thought life: by recognizing the Holy Spirit reminding you of God’s word.
Have you ever thought of a quote from the Bible out of the blue? Has a promise or instruction from God ever suddenly popped into your head?
Don’t dismiss these moments as just a random memory. We are told that the Holy Spirit will bring to our memory God’s word. Trust it when it happens to you.
3. Trusting that you’ve heard God
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
Hearing God’s voice through your thought life and in your head (rather than hearing the audible voice of God) can be a real blessing on your life. In John 10 we see Jesus describing how His sheep, or His followers, know His voice. Jesus is using a very simple example, of a sheep knowing the sound of the voice of the one who cares for them, to illustrate how our relationship with God can be.
We are His sheep and so His voice, which through the Holy Spirit resides in us, can sound familiar. This is an encouragement not to disregard hearing God’s voice through your thought life.
Have you ever had a slightly random idea pop into your head? Do you think of things you want to encourage people with, that you never would have thought of yourself? Do you get ‘gut feelings’ of which decision you should make? These can all be hallmarks of hearing God’s voice.
4. Hearing from God through your environment
One of the most powerful ways you can hear God’s voice is through nature and the world around you. Taking time out in nature can draw you into an encounter with our amazing God.
Psalm 19: 1-4 is one example where the Bible speaks of the power of God’s voice being heard through nature:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
Our creator God left His hallmark on nature and on His people. Don’t underestimate the power of a sunset in revealing what God is saying to you.
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