Ever wonder what it’s like to hear God’s voice? Every single day?
After years of seeking out ways I could hear from this King of Glory on a consistent basis, I’ve come to realize a few things about Him.
1. God desires to speak to every believer’s heart. And every one of His children have the ability to hear from Him. This truth has brought me great comfort over the years.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
2. God can choose to speak in many different ways. Some examples of these are listed below. And keep in mind, when He does speak, that message will always align with His Word.
- The Mouths of Others
- Holy Scripture
- Visions and Dreams
In my walk with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit as my comforter, I have discovered that they all require time. Allow me to elaborate.
Think of any friend you currently have in your life. It can be a spouse, a best bud, or even a sister. And think about your relationship with this person. Do you two spend valuable time together? Talking on the phone, chatting over a meal, discussing important topics over coffee, or taking a stroll. Regardless of how and where you both communicate, the point still remains: you do in fact communicate. It’s a healthy and mutual exchange of thoughts and ideas.
We can all agree that without any communication, the relationship would suffer. We also know that time and effort are invaluable resources in the growth of anything good: a job, a marriage, a friendship, a ministry, and even a relationship with the Eternal God.
We can often forget that God Himself has a heart with feelings and a mind full of thoughts. Wouldn’t you want to be the one He chose to talk to? To share the depths of His magnificent heart? Not because you’re more special than another, but because you were one of His beloved that made the time to hear from Him. Wow.
Take your aforementioned friend as an example. Would you feel compelled to share your deepest thoughts with this friend if they decided to forsake the relationship? Meaning they no longer made a real effort in getting to know you? Does God want to speak? Absolutely. He is bursting with great ideas and ways to bless our lives. The question isn’t if He’s interested; instead, it is whether we are interested.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3
During my time as a missionary in Australia, I attended a Discipleship Training School. One of the lectures was focused on hearing God’s voice. Allow me to share four obstacles that can hinder us from hearing God’s voice:
1. Sin – There is nothing than cause serious static in hearing the voice of God like sin. Because He is Holy, He can have no part with it. Again, it’s not that He isn’t speaking; instead it can often be that we can’t hear. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and repent of your sin. He will be faithful to heal you, and to restore you to Himself.
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
2. Listening, but not Hearing – We can approach seasons in our lives where God is speaking, but we don’t like what He is saying. So, we ignore it in disobedience and go about our lives, continuing to pray about everything else except for that one specific area. An example could be the following: God is speaking to you about dissolving a dating relationship, but you’re not quite ready to let go. You have fun with this person, and they make you feel good. So, you ignore His instruction because it’s uncomfortable and inconvenient. And you’re left wondering why your relationship with God and with this person is beginning to suffer. A good point to remember is this: if your horizontal relationships are hurting, then take a hard look at your vertical one.
3. Ebb and Flow – One of the most mysterious factors of being in a relationship with God is that He sometimes chooses not to speak. It’s not that you cannot hear Him, but that in His great wisdom, He withdraws from your daily conversations. Why would a loving God do this? Because it draws us closer to Him. King David was known as ‘a man after God’s own heart,” yet he was often incredibly frustrated with the the fact that he was no longer hearing from the Lord. But, it was these seasons of silence that lured David into a deeper dependency on God. Just as a stream ebbs and flows, so will our relationship with God. No need to freak out when He stops speaking. Simply ask Him. Cover your bases with the top two points to make sure nothing is going on within your heart, and then draw to Him.
4. Time – As mentioned before, this is probably one of the most consistent factors in whether we hear from God. It’s simply boiling down to the question: “Am I making time?” If we approach the Father and recite our list of “wants” and “needs” in a short five-minute prayer, but later wonder why we’re not experiencing deep intimacy with Him, then I have to ask the question, “are we really being fair with our expectations?”
This is a relationship, beloved. It’s being with Jesus. And allowing Him to be with you. You both talk and you both listen. It’s a healthy, thriving, reciprocated relationship where both parties feel loved and valued. This is what it means to be with Jesus
And I promise you that as we stop and take time to listen, we’ll begin to hear Him speak.
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