Do good things come to those who wait, or do they come to those listen to the One who wants good things for you? When our ears are bombarded with burdens and numb from the noise, hearing God can be hard. Come alongside FirstCov'er, Melissa Falde, as she breaks down three straightforward steps to help tune your ears to hear God's voice and how to know His will for your life.
For What it's Worth
Recently I read an article that said, “God is speaking to you all the time.” My first reaction was, “No, absolutely not! There is no way that statement can be true.”
Just as I do with many things I read and hear, I let the information steep in my soul for a bit, waiting for the truth in the content to rise to the surface.
What if that article was true? That would mean the subject matter was right and I was wrong (gasp). I do not consider myself to be wrong very often (just ask my husband), but there was something in that article that I needed to make sense of.
Tuning In to the Inward Witness
It’s not too often that my household is quiet. Functioning as “CEO, SAHM (Chief Executive Officer, Stay At Home Mom)” to a spirited young family does not present much time where there is more than five seconds of silence. Perhaps my trouble wasn’t with God speaking all the time, it was that my earthly ears were not tuned in to hearing Him.
In my search for these answers, I found the idea of “inward witness”. It is the notion that God doesn’t communicate with us the way we communicate with one another. He communicates from His Spirit to our spirit, and then our spirit communicates what we hear to our mind. It is similar to a thought or a prompting. Here is the important take-away, this communication is subtle, and requires closeness with God and regular practice to hear it more quickly and clearly.
Flipping back to the Old Testament, we know that God appeared to Elijah not in the great and powerful wind, the earthquake, nor the fire. After all of these get your attention events, a gentle whisper came. That’s where the Lord was. (1 Kings 19:13)
On the craziest of days in our home, I am skeptical that I could even hear a whisper at this point. But if it was God’s whisper, how would I even recognize it?
1. Expect to Hear from God
Just as we can count on a good friend to answer our phone calls or texts, we need to anticipate that God is relentlessly speaking into our spirit. He doesn't start typing a response and then forget to press send, or place us on hold in a queue with a predetermined wait time, and he certainly doesn't send our calls to a voicemail only to wait a few days before responding.
His response is consistent, His presence is close, and His voice is caring.
Don't get me wrong, I love hearing immediate, specific, and glow-in-the-dark answers, but as Christian author, Lysa Teurkerst, has penned,
"Sometime's God's good answer is "Not Yet"."
While we may not like or understand His answer at the time, God is always speaking to us. It may be through time reading the Bible and studying His ways, through wise words from trusted friends in your Christian community, or through His still small voice spoken into your soul.
Isaiah 30:21 establishes that, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” Believe that God will speak to you, because you have the promise that He will.
Your ears will hear a voice. Make sure you know that it's Him.
2. Know His Voice
John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to my voice: I know them and they follow Me.” Earlier in John, we are told to expect that there will be other voices speaking into our lives, “…and His sheep follow Him, because they know His voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (10:4-5)
It's probably not a surprise that the world is competing for our attention. In fact, I recently came across an article that called out the three voices vying for our time: the voice of God, the voice of our own fleshly desires, and the voice of the Devil.
The voices of our own desires and the voice of the Devil can become dangerously twisted into these "almost truths". And why wouldn't they, when the Devil is said to be the Father of lies? This almost truth can sound so similar to God's voice, but when fact-checked against your increasing knowledge of God's Truths, you will be able to easily toss the almost truths aside quickly.
The more time you spend with the Lord, the more His voice will become a voice you recognize and trust.
3. A Two-Way Street
God never intended for us to be walking blindly through our days here on earth. In reading the very first pages of Genesis after the first sin had taken place in the Garden of Eden, God continued to pursue His creation, seeking us out in our hiding places and providing a gentle, yet steady dialogue.
We are told that He has a desire for us to seek Him, then to draw nearer to Him, and finally to engage with Him. Jeremiah 29: 12-13 says, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
Our God is a God who sees the heart of a person. If you think that the streets you have traveled in your past have created a distance between you and God, turn back to Him today. How do I know this? Because I have experienced it firsthand and I have seen countless others work their way back to the Lord, too. He is always right there.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 shuts down the idea that God cares about earthly accomplishments with this truth, "Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight."
I want to be someone who can boast about my relationship with God, not because I am worthy, but because He is.
First Seek, Then Soak
From the moment my feet hit the floor in the early hours of the dawn, until the moment they bring me back to bed in the late evening, I need to be reaching out to Him, talking, sharing, asking, but I also need to allow His voice to marinate my soul, so that no part of me is void of Him and His will for my days.
Be intentional in pursuing Him, for He is already there, waiting for you.
Sometimes the perfect song makes itself known at the right time. If you are like me, worship music is an essential ingredient in my life as a Christian. I invite you to watch the video below, called Simple Gospel, by United Pursuit.
Then, stay tuned for Part Two of "In the Void: When God’s Voice and Vision Seem Distant", where Melissa will break down three steps to affix our eyes to align with God's vision for our lives. Better yet, subscribe to the blog on the right of your screen to receive new posts into your inbox.