Can I really hear God speak?

One of the greatest benefits of our salvation has to be that we can hear God speak to us personally. There can be no intimate relationship with our heavenly Father without it. But, as easy as it is for us to speak to Him, the average Christian has a hard time hearing His voice. This is not the way the Lord wanted it to be.

Learning to clearly listen to God’s voice is important. Instead of going through life blindly, we can have the wisdom of God to guide and protect us. The Lord constantly speaks to us and gives us His direction. It’s never the Lord who is not speaking, but it’s us who are not hearing. Jesus made some radical statements about hearing His voice in John 10:3-5.

Radio and television stations transmit twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; but we only hear them when we turn the receiver on and tune it in. Failure to hear the signal doesn’t mean the station isn’t transmitting. God is constantly transmitting His voice to us, but few are tuned in. Most Christians are busy pleading with God in prayer to transmit when the problem is with their receivers.

The first thing we need to do is believe that God is already speaking and start listening. However, that takes time, effort, and focus. Life is so busy, it’s hard to take a moment just to listen to His voice. All of us seem to be busier and distracted than ever, and that’s one of the BIG reasons we don’t hear the voice of God. We’re just too busy.

Psalm 46:10 says,

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

It’s in stillness, not busyness, that we tune our spiritual ears to hear the voice of God. Also, and this is very important, a lot of times we mistake the voice of God with our own thoughts.

I am convinced that our gracious heavenly Father speaks to every one of His children constantly, giving us all the information and guidance we need to be overcomers. There isn’t a problem with His transmitter; it’s our receiver that needs help. I encourage you today to talk with God, and then just LISTEN!

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