When God speaks to you, do you hear His voice? The Bible says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27). Well, how is it then that we sometimes just can’t hear Him? He is always communicating with us, and yet there are times when God appears to be silent. How can that be? Obviously, if God is continually trying to communicate with us then the problem lies within us and not with God.
I think it can be a number of factors that come into play when it comes to hearing or not hearing God:
- Sometimes, we are so busy talking that we don’t take time to listen. It is good to get still and be alone to tune in to God. Make time every day for Him. Find a quiet place free from distractions. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).
- Fasting helps to focus your attention. If you can’t seem to hear God, fast and pray….then take time to listen.
- I have found that God speaks to me in a variety of ways. He speaks through my family and friends, through the Bible, through strangers, through preachers, through TV and radio, through nature, and constantly through my spirit. He amazes me at how many different ways He communicates to us. Be open to hearing God in ways you don’t expect.
- Sometimes God just whispers to us. If you are not listening carefully, you will miss it. “The Lord said, Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19: 11-12)
- If we willfully disobey Him, then we cannot expect to hear Him. “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will.” (John 9:31)
- Praising God is a great way to prepare your heart to hear Him. Crank it up and sing like you are on American Idol. Just a word of warning: If you can’t carry a tune, make sure you are alone in your car and have the windows rolled up. God will still appreciate it, and if you can’t carry a tune, everyone else will appreciate it as well. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” (Psalm 98:4). :o)
God does not want us to be kept in the dark. He wants us to have fellowship with Him. Here is the key: Don’t wait till you are in a crisis to have fellowship. You cannot develop relationship with someone if the only time you talk to them is when you are in a crisis. God wants to talk with you every day. Make the time to commune with your Creator. He will not intrude on you or your time. He is there 24/7, 365 days a year. His line is never busy, and He is always happy to hear from you….whether you are talking to Him about your frustrations or about the blessings you have been given.
There was an acronym I heard years ago regarding prayer: A.C.T.S. A is for adoration. Tell God how much you love Him. C is for confession. Confess your transgressions and ask for forgiveness. T is for thanksgiving. Thank God for all of the things He has done and is doing for you. And last but not least, S is for supplication. Bring all your needs to God. He is our provider. Leave your burdens with Him. He is more than able to bear the load.
Next time you feel like God is not communicating with you, ask yourself what is hindering you from hearing Him. Find a quiet place and open your Bible. Ask God to speak to you. He will because He is faithful. We just have to learn to listen.