“I Brake for the Voices In My Head” In a town full of clever bumper stickers-that may be one of the most memorable I have seen around Austin lately. Sometimes, however, I worry that’s the impression people have when a Christian talks about “hearing God”. Even other Christians sometimes have a hard time with the idea of hearing God. But it isn’t weird- at least it doesn’t have to be.
We should expect God to speak to us. After all, He reveals Himself as the “WORD” (John 1:1-2). The God who wants us to know Him by the name WORD must have plenty to say! Remember Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27). Perhaps it’s the word “hearing” itself that for us probably implies audible voices. But God can speak directly to our spirit. He does not need to speak audibly for the spiritually trained believer to “hear” Instead, you should be prepared for a very distinct impression upon your spirit or your “inner being.”
When you need spiritual direction or guidance in life, or when you simply desire a closer fellowship with God, you need to be able to hear Him. Let me suggest an environment for learning to hear the voice of God.
1) GET ALONE Your life is crowded with noise and distractions. It’s good to love people but be like Jesus and look for a “solitary place” (Mark 1:35) to listen to God and give Him the audience of your undivided attention. Don’t you think He deserves that?
2) OPEN THE WORD God communicates clearly and directly through the Bible. Read a familiar or favorite passage thoughtfully and prayerfully while continually asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth (John 16:13).
3) PRAY Tuning into God’s voice requires an attentive spirit. That quiet openness is a by product of prayer. As you pray, listen and reflect upon the Word of God. Ask Him to speak to you. Don’t be surprised if He does!
4) OBEY Hearing God implies we are ready to do what we hear Him say. Scripture says, “The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.” (Psalm 25:14)
Remember, hearing God through Spirit filled, prayerful, Scripture meditation is not a game, it is a gift God gives His people so we can become like Him, and respond to His direction as He leads us to serve Him. ~jkb