By Sheri Yates
Have you ever been with Christians who use phrases like, “God said,” and you think How in the world do they know God said that? To some it may seem impossible to discern whether the voices in our heads belong to us or God. Can you hear God’s voice? If you’re unsure, read this verse:
“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, 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.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. John 10:3-6 NIV
Now do you hear God’s voice? If you’re having difficulty, perhaps it’s because there is too much noise around you.
We may not hear his voice audibly, but we can definitely hear him. To do that, we need to learn how to listen, and that process begins with being still and quiet…(you know, that thing some of us only do while we are sleeping).
Think about how taking the time to be still and listen to God will strengthen your relationship with Him. The best, long term friendships I have are those that allow deep conversations. We trust each other. We know we can count on one another. Honestly – it’s fun to share that kind of relationship! Learning to be a good listener will help you know and love God and others more!
- How might you be able to tell the voice in your head is God speaking to you?
- Have you heard from God before? If so, when and what did you hear?
The Bible is full of words God has already spoken to you. If you really want to hear Him and know Him, consume the Bible! Read it day and night! He will speak to you through it. Will you commit to 5 minutes a day to just be still and silent before the Lord and begin a habit of listening for His gentle whispers?