Listening to God’s Voice

by | Aug 4, 2016 | 12 comments

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

-1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV), emphasis added

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The still, small voice.  That is where God is found. And just like Elijah, we must learn to hear His voice.  I am on this journey myself.  A powerful wind blows, an earthquake shakes, a fire roars around me. I hear these voices pulling in many directions, sometimes I ignore the voices and sometimes I foolishly follow.  Hearing God’s voice is a struggle for me, but when I do hear it and then follow, it is rewarding.

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I was at work the other day talking with a fellow Christian co-worker. We were both having a rough day and mutually agreed to pray for one another.  I won’t lie, those simples words, “I will be praying for you” made my day infinitely better.  As I was walking away to get back to work, a thought popped into my head: ask her to start a bible study with you.  I almost didn’t listen to the voice.  I thought better of it and turned around to ask.  Her eyes lit up, then she began to tear up.  The joy coming from her was palpable.  She needed this, and honestly, I needed it too.

Before we even had our first study, the group grew to four people.  I can feel God moving in this already and I am excited to be apart of it.

I can’t tell you how to hear God’s voice in your life, only that, as His sheep, we need to learn His voice.  There are signs of knowing whether it is His voice or not, but these are not always evident in the voices we hear.

  • God won’t ask you to sin or to do something that will require you to sin.
  • Whatever God asks you to do will glorify Him, not man.
  • When God asks us to do something, it will be to further His Kingdom.

Start to pray that you will hear His voice, that God would open your ears to hear Him above the noise.  And then have the faith to know that He will do what you have asked.

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12 Comments

  1. You are so right Stephanie! It’s hard sometimes, but I know in the end I will get to see God’s glory and bring others to Him.

  2. I am glad it spoke to you! I have a sequel coming on how to determine if it is God’s voice you hear.

  3. God has a path that is going to lead to complete devotion and love and while sometimes it’s tricky and it feels like you may be fighting an uphill fight, it’s so with it when you are standing in His Glory.

  4. I have a really hard time with distinguishing His voice. I like how you described the earthquake, fire, etc… as distractions. I think my earthquakes and fires are my own will – which I need to quiet in order to hear Him.

  5. You are very welcome Marie!

  6. it’s soooo true that whatever God asks you to do it WILL glorify Him. thanks for this wonderful reminder!

  7. God is good! The Bible study has been a blessing for me as well as the others in the group.

  8. How wonderful! I believe those sweet little moments are candy kisses from God. And now you have a Bible study friend, at work none-the-less! Awesome!

  9. Oh it is a daily struggle for me as well. My usual hesitation is that it was not God’s voice buto my own selfish voice I heard.

  10. I struggle with hearing God’s voice too wondering if I’m on the path he wants me on. thanks for the post!

  11. So very true Edith. I am worse than Gideon about asking God over and over if what I think He wants me to do is trulying what He wants me to do.

  12. Great post. A lot of times, it’s tricky distinguishing God’s voice from ours especially when it concerns something we have a vested interest in. The devil also cleverly disguises His voice sometimes to make it sound like God’s. For example, He may suggest to a believer to do something spiritual, like start a ministry. Actually, he pushes, not just suggests, and can manipulate others to bring “confirmation”. But if we refuse to be rash and constantly ask God to purge our hearts, we’ll overcome. In the example of a ministry, God may really want us to run a ministry but the devil may want to rush us into the wrong ministry or hurry us into starting something prematurely.

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Listening to God’s Voice

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