Hearing God’s voice is an enterprise experienced by all, sought by many and recognized by few.
Now I know that probably sounds crazy right? Let me explain – Read on!
Hearing God’s Voice
Scripture speaks of God’s voice as being a still small voice. As such many people never recognize it or “hear” it even while they listen for it.
I would like to propose that we are hearing God’s voice whether we acknowledge it or not. Hearing is as simple as listening – or having ears to hear as scripture teaches. We may ignore God’s voice, “turn it off”, tune it out – it’s all pretty much the same thing. The end result is we feel a disconnect with God and a lack of peace in our souls.
Listening is the obvious path to hearing God’s voice. The problem is that we have to learn how to listen, discover what we’re listening for and then practice. All this takes time and a little sorting out. If what you’ve been listening for and the way you’ve been listening isn’t bringing you results then it’s time to look at some other options.
One of the main reasons people have difficulty with hearing the voice of God is because they expect to hear in a specific way. If they don’t hear God speak in that way, they assume God is not speaking to them.
God never ceases to speak. His voice can always be heard.
As Jesus said “He that hath ears to hear let him hear”. So what are “ears to hear”?
Ears to hear are the ears of the heart that is loving and seeking God. A heart that delights in God’s presence. Ears of the heart understand that God’s voice is seldom understood as an audible sound but as a flow of thoughts that arise with no effort put forth from the mind.
Jesus said “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 (KJV)
When you’re heart is in tune to the flow of living water you’re hearing God’s voice. It’s as if you’re plugged into the current source. You’re not generating electricity yourself – you simply “plug in” and allow it to flow through you.
Once you realize that God’s voice may actually be that still small voice you’ve been trying to quench, that little voice that “interrupts” your prayers, those little nudges you usually ignore – you will become more aware of how often that still small voice speaks to you.
What does this mean? It means that God has been speaking to you all along and you’ve been asking Him to stop!
Now that you know better you can allow yourself to listen to that flow of thoughts. By paying attention you may begin to recognize God’s voice within.
Don’t confuse God’s voice with the ramblings of your distracted mind. Often when we come before God it’s difficult to still our minds – the mind just wants to run from one thing to the next carrying us along.
You’ll notice God’s voice beyond stillness. In other words after you’re still – and your mind is quiet then you’ll notice God’s voice.
Stillness is the door through which one must pass to hear God’s voice.