Hearing a Word from God

One of the most frequent questions I receive is how to hear from God. Yesterday I met with a man trying to discern from God a change in ministry setting. This morning I met with a young man trying to discern God’s voice. Shortly after I hear from an older pastor with the same question. Honestly, I’m not sure why they are asking me…it’s something I’m still learning…but I have thought a great deal about the subject.

Bottom line, there must be some people ready to hear from God. That’s a good thing in my opinion.

If you are trying to hear from God about an issue or just generally, let me share a few things I’ve written previously.

First, let me say that my favorite passage on hearing from God is Isaiah 30:15-21. I once wrote about it HERE.

Here are some other posts. The titles speak for themselves:

How to Hear God’s Voice

How to Hear From God

Jeremiah 18 Series

Are you looking to hear a word from God? What advice would you give?

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12 thoughts on “Hearing a Word from God

  1. I have never heard the voice of the Lord but i get a strong pull on my heart and i cant stop until i get in line with that thing or person, or place thats when i know God is speak to me.

  2. Ron! Right now, I am trying discern God's will for my life as I move through the storm cloud experience. But, hearing a Word from God was not easy many times. God can speak to us through

    – His Words from the Bible
    – our circumstances in our life
    – our dreams and visions
    – prophecy from servants of God
    – and much more ways.

    As believers, it is important for us keep our eyes and ears open. We can be safeguarded from being deceived by knowing God's will. The plans of Satan comes to naught when we move correctly in line with His calling.

    • I agree, but I think all relationships are like that. Communication is the toughest part of keeping them strong.

  3. I find that God speaks to me through books. I have been asking for some spiritual guidance as to how I should be using my writing talent and if it is okay or self-indulgent to "write what you know." This morning I found my answer is a "devotional" I started by Philip Yancey. It is called "Grace Notes" and it is a compilation of his writings and reflections.

    In the Preface, Yancey writes, "In truth, I write my books for myself. I take an issue that puzzles and intrigues me and dive in, not knowing where I'll emerge. Someone may eventually dive in behind me, but while I'm writing the book I'm alone, grappling with issues and herding words…Writing has afforded me a way to work out my faith, word by word. And to my astonishment my words have helped encourage others in their faith."

    Wow! What an insightful answer to my prayer directed through a talented man, via an ever faithful Lord and Savior that knows my needs even before I ask. He is so creative in how He chooses to answer our pleas and thank you's!

    • Thanks Cathryn. I have read many books lately that gave me encouragement and insight. I've loved Yancey's work. You might read Prodigal God by Keller if you've not yet. That one spoke to me a lot.

  4. And I also believe that He's doing something good in me, I just long so much to be able to share that with my wife and to have us be that one flesh again. Thanx for the encouragement.

  5. I find that often the Lord has to use a lot of repetition with me… I will pray and pray and ask and sometimes whine, but it's when I turn to the scriptures that I hear His words. I read several different devotionals from various sources as well, and it's never coincidence when they speak on the same subject and passage of scripture. Then I get it.

    But most often I experience what Jon writes above… I pray and wait. And trust in His sovereignty.

  6. This is one of the most frustrating things for me.

    When things started to turn around in my heart for Him and for my wife, I became excited. I could see the problem, finally, and I could see the solution. I really believed that as He healed me and worked in my life, my relationship with my wife would improve as she saw the man she had been longing for finally emerging from the ashes of the man that had been there for so long.

    But that's not what happened. Even though God has really literally made me a new man, she doesn't care. And I could kind of see that in the beginning. There was much trust that needed to be rebuilt and wounds that needed to be healed. So I started on a journey to be that man each and every day. But it's now two years later and when I look at my life I see this man trying desperately every day to do His will and be the man and husband and father that He needs me to be. But my wife's attitude is pretty much what it was two years ago. And I feel empty and alone. I pray each day for God to show me His will. I can look in the scripture, especially in Ephesians, and see the role that He calls me to and I believe that I am making a great effort each and every day to be that man. But when I see no light in her eyes at all, it makes me feel as though I am totally missing what He needs me to do or how He needs me to pray. I'd give almost anything for a real tangible something that says I am on the right path; with that I could contentedly continue to wait and wait while being the man He and she need me to be. I still do that, but it gets harder and harder each day to see if I am on the right path or not.