There has been much thought and discussion about hearing from God at our house lately. As I am reading a book by Charles Stanley titled Prayer, The Ultimate Conversation, I am seeing how sweetly our God cares for us and communicates with us.
God desires to speak with us. He uses many methods to make Himself, and His will, known to those who seek Him.
As we walk through life with Jesus, we slowly and surely learn who God is. We learn His ways, His thoughts, what He loves, what He despises, and we learn to recognize His voice apart from the many voices in our lives, hearts and heads.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:103-105 ESV)
A lifetime of afflictions, trials and temptations walked in the presence of Jesus, following His guidance, with wisdom that comes only from God, leads to a deep, personal faith and full trust in our creator. Each new difficulty is an opportunity to grow and build our trust in God.
Even in times of God’s seeming silence, we can still know His will through His Holy Word. We always have access to Him because of the sacrifice and blood of Jesus. His promise to never leave us nor forsake us is eternal, never changing, faithful truth. His Word is filled with promises – some are conditional on our actions and decisions in life, others are unconditional declarations of who God is.
We must also develop the habit of listening well spiritually. Taking time daily to ask God questions, and then listen well for His answer. Personally, when God answers me with words in my heart/spirit/mind/soul, they are generally short and sweet words that have very clear meaning with no explanation necessary – the meaning is simply understood. There are times where He places a passion or calling on my life, and then affirms it over and over again in numerous, unrelated, unexpected ways. His voice always lines up with scripture, requires faith, often doesn’t make much “worldly” sense, and almost always requires that I step out of my comfort zone in order to be obedient to Him.
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:12-15 ESV)
Obedience to God is very important. Even in the smallest of areas. Once we demonstrate that we are under His authority and are willing to do what He asks when He prompts us to move, that is when He will take us into even deeper waters.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3 ESV)
There have been times in my ministry that He has shown me spiritually things that I should and would not have known any other way. He gave me wisdom and knowledge in the moment for His glory to minister to His precious children.
Thank You God that You care so deeply for us that You allow us to know Your voice. Thank You for guiding and protecting us as a shepherd does his sheep. Teach me great and unsearchable things in the days ahead for Your glory. Amen.
Do you know God’s voice? Do you know God’s Word?
Seek Him. Know Him. Love Him.
Be encouraged. Press on.