Ways We Can Hear From God
Did you know that John 1:1 tells us, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God"? God and His Word are woven together. A practical step you can take to learn His voice is to read His Word often. But this isn't the only way we can hear from Him.
Here are two more ways the Bible teaches we can hear from God.
Through the Holy Spirit
In John 14:25–26 Jesus said, "All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
God sent the Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek to live out our faith. This passage tells us that the Holy Spirit has the ability to teach us. It's not the kind of education that happens in a classroom. He teaches us in our own hearts. The Holy Spirit also reminds us of what Jesus taught.
Have you ever been in a difficult situation when the exact verse you needed just popped into your head like a reminder? Have you ever just sensed that what you were doing was wrong or that you should reach out in a specific way? This is in line with what the Bible teaches us about the Holy Spirit.
To better understand this side of God, I recommend doing a Word study on "Holy Spirit." It's good stuff!
Psalm 17:6 says, "I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer."
Prayer is a way to talk to God, and it isn't intended to be a one-way conversation. This doesn't mean that God will always respond when and how we ask Him to. But He will respond. Pay attention to how God answers your prayers. What does it teach you about who He is and how He feels about you?
I encourage you to keep a prayer journal. It's a great way to track God's work in your life. Go back and read what you've written often. You will be able to see how God has responded to you.
I love the example Jesus gave of a shepherd and his sheep when considering the voice of God. Why do the sheep follow their shepherd? Because they know his voice. How did they learn what his voice sounded like? Because they spent so much time with him. The same is true in our relationship with God.
We shouldn't expect to hear from Him through a booming voice from the sky. He has given us many ways to seek Him and to hear from Him whenever we need to.
So what's He telling you?