For many years I did not understand how God spoke to people. I’d hear people say what they heard God say, or how he told them to do something, but I never understood what that really meant. Was it a loud voice from the sky? Did He speak through a burning bush like with Moses? Was it scary? Or was it more subtle, like through a sermon, or reading the Bible?
All in all, I settled on the assumption that if I were going to hear from God, more than likely it would be through a sermon. So I submerged myself into various sermons from several different ministers, and guess what…I started hearing the voice of God! During this time, I’d also started writing out my prayers and questions in a prayer journal, and in this process I discovered that I could also hear God’s voice in my thoughts. Some days were easier than others, as I’d sometimes get distracted by the busyness of life, and feel that God was very distant.
During this journey, I learned that God is never distant. We are all created in the image and likeness of God. God dwells in each and every one of us, but He’s not a forceful God, He’s always patiently waiting for us to invite Him in. And that invitation doesn’t have to be limited to Sunday mornings, set prayer time, or quiet time. God wants to be invited into every aspect of our lives, and by inviting Him in, we are giving Him permission to assist us in every area of our life, while also submitting to be a vessel in which He can operate. In inviting God in, we’re essentially giving Him the green light to work everything together for our good.
So what are the ways in which God speaks to us? First of all, we must know and believe that God is no respecter of persons. He loves us all the same and is constantly speaking to each and every one of us individually. How? Our great God is limitless! He can speak to us through a song, a movie, a television program, a billboard on the side of the road, a sermon, a prayer, and most intimately – our thoughts.
How do we know we are hearing the voice of God? I’ve learned that in my thoughts God’s voice is normally that calm voice of peace, the voice that tells me that everything is going to be okay, and even the voice that has amazing ideas that I sometimes dismiss, because they sound too good to be true. How any amazing thoughts have you had that you dismissed due to being realistic? What if we all were to engage with those amazing thoughts and see where they lead us? I think we’d see a deeper glimpse into how good God is, and how much He truly cares for us on an intimate and personal level. I pray that you all invite God into every aspect of your lives, and watch how God will lovingly transform your life right in front of your eyes. I love you family and there’s nothing you can do about it!