I often am asked the question, “How do you know when God speaks?”
For me, the answer can be simple or complex.
It takes time to learn His voice. It takes time to learn the different ways He speaks. But He is always speaking. His voice is all around us. We simply must learn to recognize it.
There are many different ways God speak to me personally; I want to share a couple of them with you today.
The first and most common way God speaks to us is through His word.
If we are praying and seeking God for answers, those answers are most often found in the word of God. For this reason, it is important to read and study your bible every chance you get.
Just yesterday I read a passage of scriptures in Proverbs that I loved. I want to share them with you today. Keep in mind, this is my paraphrase.
When I roam, it will lead me.
When I sleep, it will keep me.
When I wake, it will speak to me.
For the word of God is my lamp and my light.
This is from Proverbs 6, and I love it! God’s word keeps us, leads us and speaks to us. Why? Because it IS our light and our lamp.
If you are in need of answers today, study His word. You will find scriptures in this holy book to cover any and every situation in your life. You may have to dig for them, but they are there.
Hebrews 4:12 says, The word of God is living and active.
His word is alive. If you need life or action in your life, apply promises from the word of God. His word has the power within itself to change whatever needs to be changed.
Another way God speaks to us is in a still small voice. Apart from the word of God, this still small voice is one of my favorite forms of communication with God.
It has taken me a few years, but I have learned to recognize this voice. Like Elijah, we often listen for God to speak to us loudly. Sometimes He doesn’t.
Elijah was listening for a word from God. He heard a strong sound of wind. So strong it broke up the mountains. Then he heard an earthquake. Finally, he heard the sound of a fire. God was not in any of those. God was in the still small voice. Not in the loud, booming sounds, but in the quiet, still sounds. To hear this voice, you must cultivate an intimate relationship with God. To hear His voice, you may need to quieten your mind and your soul. (1 Kings 19)
Just as you recognize the voice of your child or your spouse, you can learn to discern this still small voice. But only when you spend time in the presence of the person will you recognize their voice.
This voice, when I hear it, solidifies in me whatever He speaks. I don’t know how. But the stillness of this particular voice, settles it for me. When I hear this voice, I am empowered to stand firm on whatever God has spoken to me without wavering. Without doubt. With full assurance that God has spoken, and it will come to pass.
God is speaking to us today. How He is speaking to each individual may vary, but He is speaking.
These two ways are certainly not the only ways He speaks, there are many more. Listen for His voice. Listen in His word. And listen for that still, small voice. He is speaking. Position yourself today, to hear.
Meditate on this!
My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27