We’re all children of promised God! Let us quiet our minds and be still to hear God’s voice. God wants to talk to us.
The story that I’m about to tell you, the wonderful experience left me astonished.
“Listen in silence, because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God.”
~ Mother Teresa
I have had learned many lessons from great spiritual teachers, one of them is how to ‘Hear’ God’s voice. Here are the four steps:
* We must quiet our minds. We can’t hear God if we’re talking.
* We need to be calm and be still. We can’t rush God.
* We need to clean our hearts by getting rid of the things that aren’t right with God and agreeing with Him what we did were wrong.
* We must lead a humble life. Since God hates pride, a person with prideful attitude won’t hear God’s word.
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” ( Hebrews 4:12 )
The “word of God” is alive. It Doesn’t just appear in His Holy book. God has been speaking to humans from the beginning through His creation, through prophets, through Holy Spirit, and through the one who He has sent to save us [Jesus Christ].
God chooses how to reach those who are eager to hear from Him. I believe, God will use any circumstances in our lives to speak to us. He appeared to Moses and spoke to him through a burning bush.
For me, He speaks not only through dreams and visions, but also during my quiet time with Him (prayer and meditation). Or sometimes, the Lord speaks to me in an entirely unexpected way.
One day, I was reading my daily meditation (something I do every morning). That particular day’s message stated that if I would ask the Holy Spirit to help me to hear the Lord’s voice, I would be able to hear him. So I asked God for exactly that, to hear His voice, and went on with my day.
An hour later I took my youngest daughter to school. After I dropped her off, I parked the car to join her at the school’s awards chapel. As I was reaching for my purse and camera, I noticed a school administrator talking to a couple of students in the field next to my car. As I know her to be a very kind, caring and understanding person, I said to myself, “There she is – a godly woman.” Just then I heard the Lord’s voice speaking to my heart, saying, “You recognized Me.” My jaw dropped wide open and I can’t begin to describe how I felt at that moment. All I can say is that His words pierced my heart. When I heard Him, there was no mistake that it was He who was talking to me. This was not my imagination. I received an answer to prayer an hour after making my request. How amazing is that!
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Of this verse I can say, “O Lord, you surely are my shepherd. You are the one who knows my thoughts and what is hidden in my heart.” ( John 10:27 )
It was so beautiful. I sat in the car in awe. Amazed, I wanted to hear His voice over and over again!
The Lord clearly gave me these messages:
* His presence is with me.
* He heard my prayer.
* He had a comforting message for this dear woman.
I had to tell the administrator what had happened. After the awards ceremony, I went to her and told her about my experience. She was astonished and so happy to hear this confirmation that the Lord’s Spirit is in her, leading her life. It was comforting for her to know what the Lord thinks of her.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”( John8:47 )
Sometimes, we don’t feel God’s presence with us or don’t hear from Him. We think he has abandoned us. Perhaps we’re the ones who don’t pay attention to Him or allow ourselves to hear him. It was me who absolutely couldn’t feel his presence before because I was too busy with the jingle of the visible world.
God was never too far away from me, He was on the move with every step of the way. Once I start meditating on His word, quieted my mind, and confessed what was in my heart, and humbly waited for Him, then I was able to hear His voice.
Are you trying to hear from God? In a busy, fast-paced and noisy lifestyle, it’s hard to hear His voice. So if you open the Bible and start reading it, God won’t stop talking to you. Don’t allow the noise of this world keep you from hearing God. Quiet your mind and meditate on His word. He will speak to you through the circumstances of your life.