Hearing the Voice of God

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God’s voice is like the wind blowing on a cold, crisp day. We don’t really listen to it unless it’s a very breezy day where we can really hear it whistle. Most of the time, we don’t much pay attention to how it sounds. And I make the comparison to God’s voice, because I believe He’s always speaking but we’re not always listening.

God oftentimes speaks to our heart, but He can speak in many other ways to us as well. For instance, He speaks a lot to me through songs, dreams, and I’ve had some of my most memorable dialogues with God at the ocean. It’s like when I’m outside in nature that I feel the closest to God. I can see so much beauty that He made and I know that it is a blessing to enjoy His creation.  

Hearing the voice of God shouldn’t be difficult for us because John 10:27-28 says “my sheep hear my voice…” So, we know the voice of our Father God even when we think we’ve missed the mark. Oh, I can’t tell you how many times I made a decision after knowing God was speaking to me, but I wasn’t listening well and so the trouble from my choice ensued. Our choices do have long arms and many times we’re left to deal with the consequences yet God is indeed merciful. He still reaches out with open arms when we come to Him with our mistakes.  

There’s also been times when I thought I heard the Lord say something to me clearly, but the situation turned out differently than what I thought I heard Him say. I then began to question whether I heard Him at all…but I’m reminded to go back to John 10:27. I may miss the mark from time to time, but when God is ready to speak to me, I will hear Him clearly and there will be no doubt in my mind.  

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I also hear Him speak when I’m writing. It’s like He takes over my fingers as I type and the words that come off my keyboard just blow my mind. I know these are my feelings but it’s God helping me express them. I can hear Him in my mind as I write and it’s a comforting feeling. I’m learning to depend on Him more and more. And, the more I spend time with Him in His word and through prayer the easier it is to hear Him speak.  

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.