How do we hear God’s voice? This is probably one of the most “popular” questions from every Christian out there, including myself. We often wonder: How do we hear from God? How do we know that it’s from God? When does He speak? Which option should I choose? Which job should I take? Should I go back to my home country or should I stay here permanently? Should I be with this man or woman? And many others. As such, it is important to be able to hear from God and to hear it clearly.
I’ve decided to divide this topic into 5W + 1H: Why, Who, How, What, and When/Where.
This is How to hear God’s voice – part 1. I’ll discuss on the importance of hearing the voice of God briefly.
WHY – WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE
(1) Because He is Our Creator!
He created us and therefore He knows every single thing about us – our strengths, our weaknesses, our gifts, etc. A clay is being shaped by its potter – for a purpose that only the potter knows! (Make sure you check my post about God is the Potter and we are the clay later on). Therefore, it is important to find out what He wants in us.
(2) Because we may have a great plan but He knows the MASTER plan!
Ecclesiastes 11:5 – “Just as you do not know the path of the wind, or how the bones formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything”Human beings often think that they have made a good plan for the future. We often think that our plan is the best one we can ever think of. However, it is always based on what we see, what we perceive, what we think. We never know what the future holds but God does.
(3) Because we are His children
Just like we are supposed to listen and obey our parents, we need to listen and obey God. We have to respect Him and shouldn’t close our ears when He speaks! We are to follow what He wants out of love, fear (in a good way), and respect!
(4) Because God disciplines us when we are stubborn
There are times when God disciplines us because we don’t want to listen to Him. Sometimes He let us do what we want but at other times, He disciplines us. It is not because He is a scary God but He disciplines us out of love, just like what parents would do to their kids when they don’t want to listen. Don’t let this happen to you because when God “slaps” us, it hurts! Listen to Him and listen well for your own good! The Israelites didn’t want to listen to God and they were disciplined by God for 40 years!
Zechariah 7:11-14 – “11 But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear.12 They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts.13 “As It called, and they would not hear, so they called, and I would not hear,” says the Lord of hosts,14 “and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate.” – ESV
It is really important to listen and ask from God for wisdom. What looks like a simple yand trivial decision can actually affect your future for many years to come!
Next: Who? How do we know it’s God’s voice or the devil’s? Stay tuned for Part II.