“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.” -John 8:47
If there is one thing that is evident throughout all of Scripture, it is that God speaks to His children. Jesus said that those who belong to God hear what He says. One of the greatest joys of Christianity is hearing God speak. It can be one of the greatest difficulties as well. There is nothing so wonderful as having the Lord reveal or speak something directly to you. There is also nothing that can be as spiritually straining and have such a wide range of normal, as discerning God’s voice.
This post will begin a series of four posts in which we will share with you things we have learned about hearing the voice of God. Our last three posts have been about reading God’s Word; first, on our own, and then, with our children. Once you have established these daily commitments to spend time with God, you will be in the perfect position to hear Him speak to you.
One of the things that has helped us a lot in learning how to tune our ears to God’s voice is recognizing that the burden lies on God and not on us. In other words, hearing God’s voice is not something we have to do. God speaks to us. We have the privilege of listening to what He has to say. We work to complete tasks each and every day, whether in the home or outside of the home. However, none of us would say, “One of the things on my to-do list today is hearing my spouse speak.” Okay, so maybe there are some husbands out there who would consider listening to their wife speak to be an arduous task needing completion. This could never be true of us! (Ask us sometime about when Grace was pregnant and Harold was watching a basketball game and said, “Do you mind? I’m trying to watch the game,” when she was trying to talk to him. Three days of crying and the cold shoulder taught him to do better at listening.) We really don’t view listening to others speak as a chore or task. Instead, it is one of the joys of relationship that naturally occurs as we spend time together. Hearing God’s voice is not a chore or task that we must strain to complete. It will happen organically as we spend time with Him.
Here’s a wonderful place to start if you are desiring to hear God’s voice and yet feel like you don’t know how: ask Him to teach you. Pray and ask God to speak to you. Then, simply spend time with Him. Read His Word daily, fellowship with other believers at church worship services or Bible studies, pray, worship through song, meditate on His Word or memorize a passage. As you consistently and faithfully spend time with God you will begin to hear Him speak to you. Next week’s post will discuss how God speaks to us.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened.” -Luke 11:9-10
Lord Jesus, we come to You because Your words are life and truth. Please give us a desire to be with You and spend time with You. Help us to seek You with all our hearts. We ask You to speak to us, knowing that You will. Help us not to strain ourselves, but to rest in You, In Your faithfulness to speak to Your children. Thank You for bearing the weight of our relationship on Your shoulders. In Jesus’ name. Amen.