This is the last part (Part 4) of “How to hear God’s Voice” series. Please make sure you read How to hear God’s Voice – Part 1 first before you read this one through.
In the last part (Part 4), I will discuss about the “WHAT” factor – What if we are still unsure? Especially for major decisions, it is imperative for us to really know that it is the voice of God’s. Following our “intuition” is going to cost us grief in the future if we are not in tune with God’s will.
Then I’ll close it with the “WHEN AND WHERE” – when you feel God is silent or just doesn’t care with what you are going through at the moment. Or when you just can’t seem to hear His voice or answers to your prayers.
WHAT – What if we are still unsure?
There are moments when we are still unsure what God wants from us even when we’ve prayed hard. Perhaps there are 2 difficult choices that we have to make (such as studying in different universities or being offered a job in 2 different companies).
If you are still unsure (as both options seem good):
- Keep praying for it EVERY DAY and WHOLEHEARTEDLY to find God’s wisdom
Jeremiah 29:11-13 – 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart
God promises when you really seek Him, you will find Him. God says when you ask for wisdom, He will give it generously without finding fault (James 1:5-8). Pray for it. Fast for it.
- Ask for signs from God
If you are still unsure and you really need to know God’s will, ask for a sign. However, don’t let this become a habit and certainly remember your position when you ask from God (that He is your father IN HEAVEN). If you really are close to God, you should be able to identify God’s voice clearly so you don’t need to ask for “supernatural” signs. I remember when I gave God a deadline to answer my prayer so many years ago for a sign. I was ashamed now, although in the end, He indeed answered and showed me that sign on the last day! Occasionally, I still ask for signs when I am really unsure and when I really need to find out His will for really major decisions.
Read how Gideon in Judges 6 and Abraham’s servant in Genesis 24 about asking for signs from God. Even signs can be misleading, so keep the prayer up and be closer to God.
WHEN? WHERE? – When God is silent
There are times when God is silent. If you really can’t hear from Him no matter how hard you’ve prayed, then pick a choice (out of the choices you are praying about – as long as it does not contradict with the scriptures). Take a step of faith and walk on it (and keep praying about that choice). I’m sure when this happens, He wants us to walk in faith with Him – to strengthen our trust in Him.
This is probably the hardest moment in your life when you think God has left you and as if He doesn’t care anymore about the decision you are about to make. Wrong! He allows times like these to bring you even closer to Him than before. Open your heart for God to speak through the scriptures, through others, and through things that you would never have thought possible.
When God is silent – He is there. He wants us to grow our faith in Him.
When God is silent – Doesn’t mean He doesn’t care
When God is silent and we are at our deepest, darkest valley – it is the time we realize that we can’t live without Him, without His love, without His wisdom, without His grace.
Ask Him. He listens. He will answer. In His time.
I hope that these series have been a blessing to you and I do pray that you will always follow what God wants from you, not what YOU want. Often we don’t know what we want but by following what God’s want, you’ll find that you’ll always have joy in whatever you do. It’s never a disappointment when you follow what God wants from you. God bless.