I want to hear God’s voice. I want to know God’s plan for my life. (I think that’s pretty important for a pastor, huh?)
Years ago I read a passage, which seems to give us a model of one of the ways God speaks to us. Some of the most definite ways I have heard from God have been in this model.
(I’m not trying to pick and choose verses, please read the entire passage, but I am pulling the verses, which more clearly address this issue.)
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength”
We have to be still to hear God’s voice.
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
God wants to bless us with His presence. He wants to speak into our life.
Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
Sometimes we hear God best when circumstances of our life require us to place our complete attention on God. When we are stripped of what we depend on, our dependence on God becomes more necessary and we more clearly hear His voice.
(Notice it says, bread of adversity and water of affliction. Bread and water are necessary staples to sustain life. Sometimes adversity and affliction are necessary also, to get our attention and move us spiritually to where God can speak to us.)
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
When we are still, we are fully dependent on God, and we are expectantly waiting for Him, we will hear God’s instructions for life.
How do you hear from God? What changes would you need to make to hear from Him more often or more specifically?
More importantly, what is God saying to you today?
In what areas of your life do you need a word from God right now?