“Hearing God’s Voice” – by Vanessa K. Stern
A lot of people are unsure if God really speaks today. Often its hard to believe that a great, big God would even want to speak to us piddly humans. But that’s the beautiful thing about God, he longs for intimacy with his creation.
I’ve learned down through the years there are several ways God speaks to his children. There are the more obvious ones via scripture and leaders. But God also uses our community and his presence to speak to us. As a body that functions together, we are dependent upon one another for guidance and direction. First and foremost though, our relationship with the Holy Spirit is rooted in reading scriptures and spending time with the Lord one on one.
Humanity longs to hear from God. Just walk into any bookstore and there are shelves of spiritual and inspirational books telling us how to reach God, hear from God, some go as far as being your own god.
Men and women have spent centuries doing outlandish escapades trying to hear from God.
God has graciously laid out precepts and commandants and lifelong guidelines in His Word. In Psalm 119, David refers to God’s word as a lamp… “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Proverbs is chock full of scriptures as instructions and correction for life.
His word is his voice. However, the scriptures need to be read in accordance with the heart of God. In verse 24, David says: “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.”
With a heart of humility, we go to the scriptures, not with a haughty or prideful heart, looking to find fault or accusing others.
There are seasons in life where God’s voice seems farther than others. When I was in college I had a lot more time on my hands to “spend with God”. As a mother and wife, my alone time is more precious, fewer and father in between. I like to rise early in the morning, before the sun comes up, with my coffee in hand and wait for the sunrise. The sunrise is God’s symbol of faithfulness to me. His mercies are new every morning. As the sun comes up, I’ll often play worship music and meditate on the words or a scripture that speaks to my situation.
God longs for relationship with us as much as we long for relationship with Him. But like any relationship, we have to put the time into it if we want to get to know His voice. The longer you walk with Him, the more familiar you’ll become with his voice, his ways, and most of all his love. And in turn, we share His love with others!
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your written word. Enable me to glean from your precious words for your name’s sake. Remind me to turn to your scriptures first, instead of my own understanding. May I long for your precepts as a deer that pants for water. In Jesus Name, Amen.
For further study: Philippians 4:6, Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 119