I have shared before that I believe that God is always speaking to us, but that there are reasons we do not always hear His voice. One of these, is that we are not always listening which is why we are told: “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Ps 46:10). Hand in hand with not listening is that we don’t always want to hear what God has got to say, or we simply don’t know the sound of His voice like His sheep would. (John 10:27).
But being in relationship with Him means at one point of our lives, we did hear His voice and listen to what He had to say and accepted Him as our Savior. I also believe that all of us at one point have wished that we could hear Him more.
Today, I would like to share five things that you could do to position yourself to hear from God.
- Spend time in His Presence. Elijah had to “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord,” when the Lord passed by. Once the Lord was there in the silence, Elijah went out and heard His voice. Spending time in His presence involves 1)reading and studying the word of God (2 Tim 3:16-17); 2) praying i.e. talking and listening to Him. (1 Thes 5:16-18) and 3) being in church amongst other believers who also enjoy His Presence. Dwight Moody said; “The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church… is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.”
- Be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. The voice of the Holy Spirit is that still small voice that brings conviction, confirmation and clarity. I believe that if you are not sure if you are hearing His voice, be obedient anyway. He will confirm that you heard from Him or not. But, if you never test it, how will you know what He does not sound like. (Heb 3:7-8)
- Serve under your spiritual leaders in the spiritual home God has placed you in. In your spiritual home, God speaks and leaders are familiar with His voice. Samuel served under Eli and when the time came for God to speak to him directly, it was his spiritual leader, Eli that helped him to recognize the voice of God and then position himself to hear and be obedient. (1 Sam 3:1-10). When God speaks He is clear and understandable and does not leave His servants in the dark.
- Recognise that God speaks to us through other people, but also know that what He says, never contradicts His Word. When God speaks to us through other people, it normally confirms that which He has spoken to us previously. Many people will speak on behalf of the Lord without spending time in His presence and listening to what He says. In Jeremiah’s day there were prophets speaking for God, ideas that actually came from their own minds, yet not spending any time in His Word. (Jer 23:16-18, 36) Be careful who you allow to speak into your life and position yourself alongside people who you know hear from God, regularly.
- God often uses trying circumstances to position us to hear Him. We know that it is when we are down, uncomfortable, desperate and without hope that we are more ready to hear, to listen to what He is saying to us. C.S. Lewis said: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse the deaf world.”
I hope that is helpful to you today. If there is something in the list which you could do better, to position yourself more effectively to hear from God, what are you going to do about it today?
Lord help me to identify what I need to do to hear your voice more clearly in my life. As I examine each of these five areas in my life, make my heart sensitive to the prodding of the Holy Spirit so that I move myself spiritually to be in a position to hear your voice. I want to be one of those sheep that recognise your voice and obey.