How to Hear God's Voice

How to Hear God’s Voice

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I can hear my friends’ voices, I can hear hubby’s voice, I can hear a stranger’s voice, I can even hear my own voice, why can’t I always hear God’s voice?

There’s a very good reason for this – most of the time it’s because I’m not really listening. I want things to turn out my way and I’m unwilling to let God have His way. I’m not really sure I will like the way He chooses to answer or I’m not sure He’ll give me what I want. Plus, I’m too busy listening to other opinions which adds confusion.

I’ve been walking with Jesus a long time and still I have trust issues. I’m not proud to admit that either.

I understand His nature. He thinks differently than me. I want answers NOW…He says, “wait”. I need deliverance and vindication, He says, “trust me”. I want to be happy, He says, “the joy of The Lord is your strength”. I’m weak and flawed, He says “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness”. How can I understand Him when I think in terms of time and He’s endless?

There is a sure way of recognizing when it’s Him talking and no one else and that’s when we’re totally in tune with Him willing and surrendering own will and way of doing things.

And deep down inside, I do want Him to handle my life. I, obviously, can’t understand this world past the distance I can throw a house, so why not allow God to talk to me?

While He has a different way of handling things, He has never, ever let me down. We ask why He allows such devastation in the world and we may not be able to answer that question, but because He is sovereign we have to know there is a very good reason. We don’t serve a sadistic God.

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I don’t believe it’s hard to hear from God and as John 10:27 says, we are His sheep and we hear His voice. We just have to eliminate everybody else’s voice and listen only to what He’s saying. Sometimes that means we have to get somewhere quiet and turn off all other distractions.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27 KJV)

Chances are, the very thing we dread happening rarely does. God knows how to come through for us in everything.

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.

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