Do you hear voices….? We all do! All those thoughts and ideas that roll around in our minds, competing for first place, sometimes shouting, others whispering, making us the person we are at the moment … Most importantly, in all the clamoring and cacophony, are you hearing God’s voice? God’s voice needs to be the loudest ‘voice’ we hear.
How to really ‘hear’ God’s voice…that is really the question.
Create a place of stillness. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know Him. He can’t be heard above the din of the world and the thoughts that go with living in it. Quiet your mind and your heart. How does that work? I have a window in my study that my reading chair faces. All I have to do is look up and out and there is a tree that personifies God’s creation. Every season, spring, summer, winter, fall, it’s there. A spirit of peace, calm, assurance, love, descends to my spot and I know He is God.
Cultivate an attitude of trust. There is no way to hear God’s voice if we don’t trust that His voice is the only one we want to listen to. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in Him with our whole heart. (Not just a piece of it but every part of it.) It goes on to say (my words) don’t trust your own understanding (thoughts). Our culture teaches an attitude of independence that contradicts the dependence on God that allows us to totally trust Him.
Learn of Him. Do you really know all there is to know about God and His Word? Probably not! None of us do. I suspect that if you’re reading this you want to know more. Psalm 32:8 tells us, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Did you get that? He wants to be our personal teacher. Not only that, He already knows what we need to hear and learn. Wow! A personal, life coach! All that’s required of us is to HEAR Him.
Pay attention! Block that voice that says quit wasting your time on that stuff. There’s a report that has to be written before the day is over. There’s laundry, lawn mowing, dishes, dusting, and a zillion other chores and distractions. Hebrews 2:1 tells us that we must pay closer attention to what we have heard (about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Word). If we don’t we’ll start drifting off. We have to use all we have at our disposal to ensure that we are really listening.
It is totally possible and probable that you already know the sound of His voice. Give it your total attention. He wants you to hear Him.
Blessings to you and yours!
Abba, let me hear Your voice. Let me know and trust You. Take away outside influence and noise so that my attention can be totally on you! Make it so in Jesus name.
This post is in support of Holley Gerth’s new study, https://player.vimeo.com/video/152491133“>You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide. It will be released on March 1st. Watch for the review!