What can I do to hear God’s voice?
When we talk about hearing God’s ‘voice’, what we’re actually talking about is hearing God’s heart. Here are two important things to remember about hearing God.
Desire – Forget for just a minute everything you know about yourself — the good, bad and confusing. For just a second, pretend that none of that matters. God desires to reveal His heart to you. “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me” — Song of Songs 7:10. God is our lover, He desires us. Do we desire Him? How much? Do we desire Him so much that we don’t care if what He says isn’t what we want to hear?
Giving up – To hear God’s heart we have to be willing to give things up. In the passage 1 Kings 19:11-12, there’s wind strong enough to rip mountains apart, an earthquake and a fire, yet the Bible says that God wasn’t in any of those things. “And after the fire came a gentle whisper”. You can’t hear God clearly when you’re distracted by noise. Turn off the radio, TV, cell phone, computer and find a place where you can hear only hear silence.
Those are external things we give up to hear God, but there are internal things we have to give up, too. Control is a big one. Do you try to control what God says to you? Sometimes I try to “change the channel” in my mind when God is trying to tell me things I don’t want to hear. When I do that, I’m not listening, I’m controlling.
Daniel 2:22 – He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.
In part two we’ll discuss how God speaks to us. Stay tuned!
Written by Jen Arman