by Dr. Mel Tavares
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. John 10:4 NIV
God speaks to people every day and desires every one of us to hear Him. There is no magic formula to hearing His voice. He speaks in many ways, including in our mind, through chapters we read in the Bible, and through conversations with other people. Sometimes He speaks through dreams or visions. Our problem is that we live in a noisy world and are often too busy to listen, or haven’t developed the ability to recognize His voice.
God Speaks to Our Mind
God speaks to our mind, but we may interpret His voice as a thought of our own, because we don’t recognize His voice. Although some people report hearing an audible voice of God, more often it will be a ‘still, small voice’ we will hear. He desires to communicate with us throughout our days, much the same as if we were communicating with a friend or spouse. When we read the Bible or pray, thoughts will enter our mind. The more connected we are to Him, conversing throughout the day, the more easily we will recognize when He is talking to us.
God Speaks to Us Through Others
God uses other Christians to speak to us. We may have been seeking an answer from God about a specific situation and later converse with another Christian. We might bring up the situation and the other person will give wise counsel. Or we might randomly bring up a Bible verse or a life principle in conversation that supplies the exact answer you were looking for. Rest assured; it was no coincidence. It is God providing the answer for you if you have an ear to hear.
God Speaks to Us Through Circumstances
There are times when God uses dramatic means to get our attention. If we are not in close communication with Him and not listening for His voice, God might speak to us through financial insecurities, housing insecurities, employment struggles, relational problems, and other trials. How often do we cry out to God when we encounter hard times? It is during a crisis that many open their ears, desperate to hear from God if only to get the answer to “Why is this happening?”
The Importance of Hearing God Speak
The importance of recognizing God’s voice cannot be overstated. We must learn to hear God’s voice if we want answers to your questions and prayers. He can and does speak to us but we must recognize His voice and discern that it is God, not Satan, or our own thoughts, or the well-meaning input of strangers.
Just one word from God can change everything. Sometimes it is one word, sometimes it is an ongoing conversation that God has with us. The important thing is that we don’t miss His voice. The voice of God speaking can transform our marriages, give us financial direction, speak to our illness and heal our disease, or give insight into a complex situation at our jobs.
I pray you will recognize the voice of your shepherd, and that He will give you answers, direction, and guidance each day that you need.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Mel Tavares is an accomplished writer and speaker/teacher, both in ministry and in her career. She is passionate about encouraging and teaching writers. Her target market is women who are hurting and in need of Biblical hope. In addition to ghost writing and authoring her own books, Mel is a contributing author to several books, including the recently released DaySpring “Sweet Tea for the Soul: Comfort for Grieving Hearts.” She writes for several online Christian communities, teaches classes online, conducts Facebook Live series, and is a podcast guest as opportunities arise. She is a wife, mom to seven, and grandma to ten.
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