Do you have a longing for hearing God? I don’t know about you but when I was a new Christian, I yearned to hear the voice of God. I believed by faith in Jesus and that He sacrificed Himself on the cross for me so that He could atone for my sins. But I really wanted to know Him personally, intimately, like we were best friends forever, BFF. In the Bible, I share two examples, but there are many times He spoke to His people in the Old Testament and the New testament…
[ Idols and the Living God ] Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
Ways God Speaks to Us…
God still speaks to His people audibly today. But God approaches us in many ways besides an audible voice. Yet most of us want to know how to hear from God. We yearn to hear God speak to us personally. Many times we miss the opportunity to hear Him because we have preconceived ideas of what God’s voice should sound like.
There is a list of three ways that I have heard God speaking to me and I want to share these with you. However, I don’t claim that these are the only ways that God speaks audibly. These are the most common ways and the ways that I have heard His voice.
1. Other People
This is how God spoke to me first. I was fortunate attending a local Al-anon group that had meetings for those who were affected by people in their lives who are alcoholic. My husband (now my ex) was the alcoholic in my life and my counselor recommended that I attend the meetings. In this group were many women and men who believed in God, though they called Him their “Higher Power” and they said such wise comments or gave their story during the meetings. God first spoke to me through an Al-anon slogan (saying) shared with me as I talked about my need to control the alcoholic so that I could decrease the chaos in my home. She said to me “Let go and let God” and that short saying really spoke to me. I wasn’t Christian yet but I did believe in God. He was just distant and I was not good enough for Him. Through that slogan shared with me, I believe God spoke to me through the woman that evening. Thos began my journey to a personal knowledge of Christ and Christianity.
We need to open hearts to hear Him speak to us through others because their words many times express the wisdom and truth of God. This is how He has chosen to talk to us… in a way that we can accept at that time.
2. Reading Scripture in the Bible.
When I first started reading the Bible, it didn’t make much sense to me except for the Book of John and specifically,
For God So Loved the World
16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
I was given a desire in my heart to read the Bible. but the language escaped me even though it was English. Another friend suggested that I read Psalms. She knew that I loved poetry and told me Psalms was very poetic. So I listened to her (another time God was speaking through someone else). As I read the words of David and the other psalmists, I began to hear God speak to me through a verse here or a phrase there that so related to my life at the time. The Bible began to “make sense” to me. The more often I read, the more I understood and the reading of Psalms and the Bible became part of me. It was miraculous.
As you walk your own path, try to read short verses in your Bible or try reading a daily devotional that speaks a scripture about a need or desire that you are or have experienced.There are also resources on the internet such as Christian websites, prayer journals, Bible Studies, etc. but don’t let these lead you away from your private reading of scriptures. God definitely speaks to us as we read His Word.
3. Memory Verses
The last way that God speaks to you is through the very scripture that you memorize. That is why so many pastors encourage scripture memorization. There are times that God speaks to you one verse that is so specific to your need, you can’t let it go. It may be a life verse or a verse for that particular time in your life. Memorize that verse so it is deep in your heart and soul. God gave you this verse for a reason. For a time while I was in therapy for childhood sexual abuse, I read the verse Psalm 27:10 where David says,
Psalm 27:10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
This verse was so needed by me because in therapy we were dealing with the memories of my father sexually abusing me at about age 6 and my mother was in a medicated stupor daily from Valium. I felt abandoned both of my parents…the one who treated me as an “object” and my mother who didn’t keep me safe and love me. When God to speak to you in this way, it demands a discipline of memorizing scripture. Today, the verse that God has spoken into my heart is Psalm 46:10,
10 “Be still, and know that I am God…
I believe God spoke that verse to me because I am running around, staying very busy and trying to “control” things and God too. Yet there is the continual reminder from God to be still, He is in charge so that I can let go and trust Him. The power of the verse you memorize comes in the time of need whether it be a rocky patch you’re going through or a battle you are fighting such as temptation.At these times the memory verse comes to you assuring you that God is with you and He will provide the answers. He is your helper, a shepherd that watches over His sheep. That shows the POWER of God’s Word spoken, read or memorized. God is speaking to you all the time. You just need to listen.
Indeed, scripture memory is a POWERFUL way to hear God’s voice speaking to you…quiet your mind because He speaks in a still, small voice most of the time.
My prayer is that you be able to hear what God is speaking to you individually. I pray that you will try some of my suggestions. You may even discover other ways that God is speaking…
God Bless You,