As Christians how do we know that we are hearing from God? Many times in my walk with God I have asked for him to show me, guide me and speak to me his will and plans for my life and leadership.
When my friend calls me up, I can instantly recognise her voice as I know her and hear her clearly from spending time getting to know her. Sometimes hearing from God might not be as clear and times when we even feel we cannot hear God. God wants us to spend time with him so we to can hear his voice clearly.
In John 10:27 we see that the sheep know his voice and they follow him. How can we know his voice and follow him? Well I think of the man Elijah and his time out in the wilderness where God speaks to him… “Did someone whisper?” Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-18 we see how God spoke to Elijah and connected with him. God spoke to Elijah at the lowest moment of his life and leadership and we see the encounter unfold… “ “Elijah, why are you here?” the Lord asked.
Elijah was burnt-out, exhausted and deeply sad, but Elijah explained, Lord, God All-Powerful, I’ve always done my best to obey you. But your people have broken their solemn promise to you. They have torn down your altars and killed all your prophets, except me. And now they are even trying to kill me!” Elijah was ready to walk away, call it quits in the ministry God called him to do, but what did the Lord ask of him? He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain. I want you to see me when I pass by.”
Elijah in his weakest moment of leadership / Ministry, we see that he obeyed God.. Stepped out of the cave of darkness, and he saw a thunderous wind hit the mountainside, shattering rocks in all its fierceness. But the Lord was not in the wind, or the violent earthquake that followed. He wasn’t in the fire that rained from heaven after that. No doubt Elijah wondered what would come next…. In the silence Elijah heard a gentle whisper. He knew it was the Lord. He got up, stood at the opening of the cave and hid his face with his coat.
A still small voice, a gentle whisper God engaged Elijah with the same questions he had asked before…Elijah, why are you here?” Elijah repeated his earlier answer. Then, the Lord gave Elijah specific instructions and told him he wasn’t the only one Instead, in the still silence, Elijah heard a gentle whisper. At the time of his ministry lows and feeling alone… God simply whispers a calming reassurance that He is in control and is not alone. God speaks to us in that still small voice. Just like the sheep know his voice, so to we should condition our hearts to always hear that still small voice. So how do we hear the whisper?
1. Have a seeking heart – (Psalm 63:1, CEV).If you want to hear God’s voice, you need to seek him like David. Be honest with him.Ask him for the ability to recognize the difference between his voice and your thoughts.
2. Read your Bible. When you study the Bible, you open yourself up to the very heart and personality of God. God speaks through the word of God, so pray that he speaks to you directly through the Word.
3. Be a good listener. Hearing God’s voice requires one major thing: listening It requires a quiet heart. It means becoming still enough on the inside despite the craziness on the outside.
4. Practice patience. All of this takes time, effort and patience. Learning to hear, recognize and understand the ways God speaks doesn’t happen overnight. It may take several years before you’re completely comfortable with hearing and recognizing God’s voice. No matter how long it takes, be confident that he has heard your prayers and will respond.
5. Obey God. Hearing from God doesn’t mean much if we don’t obey. But many people constantly wonder if what they hear is really from God. This keeps them from taking action. The fear of being wrong prevents them from ever having the opportunity to be right.
* Do you know the shepherds voice?
* Are you listening to the still small voice?
* What noises in your life and leadership are drowning out Gods voice?