The Still Small Voice
Hearing the voice of God is often overlooked with a personal desire to hear an audible, thunderous and unquestionable voice in total surround sound directed to you. Perhaps a problem has captured your attention and placed you in an uncomfortable and unknowing situation where you need an answer – the correct answer – right now. You may think to yourself, If only I could hear the voice of God tell me what to do or say.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
– Psalm 46:10 ESV
In the Old Testament, the Bible records God speaking directly to Adam and Eve, Cain, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Elijah and many others. In the New Testament, the Bible also shares that Jesus spoke directly to His 12 disciples, family members, followers, Pharisees and more. Without question, God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He can choose to speak directly to you in an audible fashion and achieve your desire to hear His loud voice.
Because of Jesus’ actions and promises, believers have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them in all situations. Yes, the desire to hear an audible voice may resonate deeply, but the desire should not be the priority over following the Holy Spirit’s direction and guidance. God has chosen to abundantly give the Spirit to those who believe in His son.
The Holy Spirit will guide you in all truth and direction. Rely on Him to provide the answers you need.
Your ability to hear the Holy Spirit provide answers and directions improves when you read and focus on God’s Word. For example, there are certain people in your life, such as a parent, friend or child, that when they speak, regardless of their distance from you, you recognize their voice. Recognizing the Spirit’s voice comes when focusing on the Word and listening when you pray.
Regardless of the situation that captures your attention, spend time in prayer and reading the Bible. Change your desire from hearing God’s audible voice to having an unquestionable relationship with Him by focusing on His Word and listening when you pray.
Today’s One Thing
Enter your prayer time with thanksgiving (Psalm 100), ask Him for whom and what you need to pray for during your prayer time and ask for your spiritual ears to hear the Spirit speak as you listen.