Today, we continue our focus on the idea of waiting on God for the purpose of hearing His voice and His wisdom. In order to hear the Lord, we need to seek Him with a humble heart.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jer 29:12-13)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Prov 3:5-6)
We don’t need to be fearful of our desire to hear from the Lord, because the Bible says that we will know His voice.
… and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. (John 10:4b)
The Word of God tells us that we can train our ears to recognize the voice of God above all of the noise of daily life. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:14)
Here are some clues to hearing the voice of the Lord:
- Whatever we hear should conform to the spirit of the Bible. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Tim 3:16-17)
- The Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, ‘know the Lord,’ for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. (Hebrews 8:10-11).
- God may use a prophetic gift to speak to us. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. (I Thess 5:19-21)
- We will hear from God through godly counselors. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Prov 11:14)
- God will confirm the things that He speaks to us. By the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. (Matt 18:16)
- Peace will reign in our hearts when God has spoken to us. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Col 3:15)
Seeking the Lord and yearning to hear from Him is a blessed and worthwhile pursuit. Believers who engage in this practice privately and corporately are spreading the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (2 Cor 2:14) God bless you!