Written by: Jojo Manzano
When God speaks, we listen. God speaks to us in many ways. He sometimes speaks in dramatic ways, such as through angels, visions, or miraculous events. Sometimes, He speaks in less dramatic ways through reading of Scriptures, through creation, people or circumstances. He speaks even in times of crisis, suffering and persecution. In 1 Kings 19:12 God spoke to Elijah in a “gentle whisper.” There are times when God speaks in silence, simply assuring us that He is God, sovereign and loving. (Ps.46:10)
God constantly communicates to His children. His design is to have fellowship with us moment by moment. The question is: are we listening? Often, we are so busy that we miss hearing His voice. Sometimes, noise gets in the way between God and us distorting and blurring His message. Or maybe, we simply ignore God because we don’t want what He has to say. At times, we apply selective listening, picking only what we want to hear and leaving out those we do not like.
It is likewise important to recognize God’s voice above all others. Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father…They…listen to my voice…” (John 10:14-15a, 16b, NIV). Through constant fellowship with God, we learn to recognize God’s voice and discern if it’s truly His voice, and to confidently respond to what He says.
Listening to God is to deliberately stop, literally and figuratively, what we are doing and intentionally give our full attention to what He is trying to say so that we do not miss His message and respond to Him in humble obedience.
• We need to make a habit of intentionally and expectantly listening to what God may want to tell us. Set aside sometime today to begin listening for God’s voice and hear Him. This may mean turning off our gadgets. Keeping a journal helps to remember God’s messages to us.
• If you think that God may be speaking to you, ask Him to confirm so from the Bible and through the Holy Spirit’s impressions in your mind. God will never send you a message that contradicts the Bible’s principles.