>Many people at one time or another mention how they are looking for direction in life. What exactly are we looking for? In Christian circles we often refer to waiting to hear God on any given issue in order for us to make our move. If we are playing a chess game (which can be extremely complicated if playing the right opponents), we are waiting for God to tell us our next best move, now we can just make a move if we are impatient but we will not be making the best choice. I once heard a professor say our view is connected to that of a young child watching a parade. They can only see what immediately in front of them, maybe a glance down the street. God, on the other hand is the blimp up top who has the whole view of the parade and can better see it. By way of illustration I hope those work for you.
Now how does one hear God? Many people make choices saying they prayed to God, but does that suggest that you’ve automatically heard from Him. Of course not, but what then, does put us at ease? Often times we are looking for the exact answer we want.
“OK GOD, I need you to do this for me, and do it just like this, I know what’s best, therefore I’m asking for it, and I want it.” No we wouldn’t say that, we would say “Your will be done” meanwhile we are complaining when His will is being done.
Well I’m going to suggest that our ears are broken…. Not really broken and they aren’t the only things that needs to be adjusted, but this is where we will start.
So again I ask how does one listen, or hear from GOD!!!!
First, I want to suggest that one must trust HIM. The scriptures given speak to His wisdom, but unless you trust in God, and truly believe He is who the scriptures say He is, you can never hear from Him, rather you won’t except it.
Second, one must understand the importance in reading/trusting in His word. The bible tells us that it is the very words of God (2 Tim 3:16-17), well if this is God’s word we need to be seeking it for answers.
Third, pray according to God’s will for our lives (1 John 5:14-15). Now I know many things can be going through your head about now, “How do I know God’s will, That’s what I’m already praying for”, calm down and take a deep breath. This can be frustrating especially when you feel you need and answer and have been doing what you believe/know is right. Might I suggest rereading steps 1 & 2 and working on that? I must be honest it took me time to understand the difference between head knowledge and my heart actually believing things. We often know things about God but live slightly different. If you trust in HIM, and trust HIS words well then, praying HIS words or seeking HIM out through HIS words becomes more doable. Remember the parade illustration, we don’t want to think more of our perspective then we should.
Fourth and this is not exhaustive in any way, “BE PATIENT“. If you are looking to hear from God, and truly hear His answer, then you have to wait for it. Taking matters into your own hands doesn’t make things better. Getting upset when you don’t hear what you want to hear from God doesn’t help either. John 10:14, 27 suggest that if you belong to Christ then you will know when He speaks.
Each of the five senses are deeply connected to each other, so use the God given abilities that you have wisely. If you are truly seeking His voice, seek it with a sincere heart, as you search through the scriptures letting the Holy Spirit guide you.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20
Blessings, Stay Faithful Friends