Hearing God’s Voice

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear
a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Isaiah 30:21

As when God first spoke to Adam in the Garden of Eden and asked him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:8), the Old Testament is full of God’s direct interaction with the people He wanted to shape and mold into living lives of meaning and direction. He spoke to Abraham and Sarah and told them they would have a son even though they were very old at the time. He spoke to Moses and told him He wanted him to go speak to the Pharaoh about releasing the Israelites from bondage, and on and on.

There are those who say God has stopped talking directly to His people, but those who hear from Him today know that simply isn’t so. God still speaks to those who believe and trust in Him. In fact, He is possibly more creative than ever in the ways He speaks to us. We just have to be willing to listen.

We would love to know what He thinks when we have to make a difficult decision. His insight would make a huge difference when medical reports are frightening or confusing. Those facing the loss of income or problems with relationships would benefit from knowing what God thinks. He is speaking to us all the time.

We turn on the radio or the television when we want to hear the latest weather report. We turn on the stereo when we want to hear classical music. Likewise, we must turn our attention to God when we want to hear from Him.

God speaks to all who believe in Him in one way or another. All we have to do is listen. Sometimes we hear His voice delivering a message to us deep in our souls. We know the words are from God because they reveal something we weren’t thinking and are sometimes in words we would never use ourselves.

God also speaks through His Holy Word. Reading the Bible, or listening to someone else read it to us, is a wonderful way to hear God speaking. So often a verse we read or hear seems to be almost illuminated because we know it is being spoken into our lives at that particular point in time. Nothing we think we are hearing from God will ever contradict His Word, so that is a safe place to start if you want to hear Him.

In the New Testament, God primarily spoke to His people through His personal spokesperson, His Son, Jesus Christ. Many Bibles print all the words of Jesus in red ink just to make sure the reader doesn’t miss the fact that these are the very words of God. Jesus clearly stated that He did and said only those things His father asked Him to do and say. So when we listen to the words of Jesus, we are listening to God.

God can also speak to us through other believers. Perhaps you hear a moving sermon on a topic with which you’ve been struggling for a long time. That could be God speaking to you through that preacher. Or perhaps in a conversation with a Christian friend you receive an insight you didn’t have before about an issue with which you are struggling. Because all believers have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God could be speaking to you through your friend.

Regardless of how God chooses to speak to you, He will do so. He may speak directly in the depths of your soul, through His Word, or through the Holy Spirit, but He will speak. Listen carefully, and you will hear Him.

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by Nancey Brummette

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Nancy Parker Brummett first led a Bible study in an assisted living setting in 1999 and she and the Lord developed The Hope of Glory in the years that followed. She also journeyed with her mother and mother-in-law through their adventures in aging, and her academic interest in aging led her to receive the Professional Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The author of four other books, she now focuses her writing and speaking ministries on her passion for older adults and those who care for them. To learn more about Nancy’s life and work or to subscribe to her blog on aging issues, Take My Hand Again, visit her website.

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