Listening to God’s Voice
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
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.
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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