Hearing from God

Hearing from God

Have you ever wondered if God really wants to speak to you? If so, why doesn’t He do it more often? And how does one begin to actually hear His voice?

Jeremiah 33:3 tells us that God will answer us when we call upon Him, showing us things we don’t know, and John 10:27 says that His sheep hear His voice. As these verses make clear, God really does want to speak to you! He wants to guide you, give you wisdom, and show you things that you need to know when you need to know them. To really begin to hear His voice, however, you need to take the time to listen to Him!

How often do we get so caught up in our busy lives that we neglect to spend time with God? And when we do spend time with Him, how often do we pause, just sit there for a while, and listen for His voice? Think about it like this – if a friend kept on trying to call you but you never picked up the phone, or if you were talking to them and never let them get a word in edgewise, how would you ever hear what they were trying to say to you? It’s the same with hearing from God. If we want Him to speak to us, we have to take the time to quiet ourselves and actually listen to what He is trying to say.

Do you want to hear God’s voice? If so, I challenge you to ask Him to speak to you, then take even just 5 or 10 minutes by yourself to just be quiet, and listen for what He has to say.  If you have a difficult time with this, try turning on some worship music to help you to focus on God, and what He wants to say to you.The more you listen, the more you’ll begin to hear His voice, and experience His guidance in your life!

The Right Path

pathAre you at a crossroad, wondering which way to go? Contemplating what move to make? Trying to figure out what comes next?

When pondering the future, rest assured that God has a plan for your life. He knew you before you were born. He tenderly fashioned you in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). You are NOT an accident! God made you, and He has a purpose designed specifically for you. He knows the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11), beginning with a close, intimate relationship with Him and continuing on into an abundant life (John 10:10) filled with meaning. No matter what you feel or what those around you may say, choose to believe this.

The plans God has for you are good! They are plans to prosper you, not to harm you – plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). As your Heavenly Father, He delights in seeing you thrive.  Don’t be afraid to follow His path for you.

He wants to lead and guide you in all He has for you, if you will listen. He promises that “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’ (Isaiah 30:21).”  Amidst the busyness of everyday life, take time to communicate with Him and hear His voice of guidance. Wait for it expectantly, confident  that you are His child and He wants to communicate with you. When He shows you which way to go, follow His direction. He has great things in store for you!

Whatever point you’re at in life, know that God has a plan for you – a marvelous plan, which He wants to guide you in walking out. If you’re in need of direction, take time and ask Him to show you the next step. Pray to Him, and He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). Trust Him to lead you down the right path for your life.

God Loves Me

heartGod loves me. How many times have we been told that God loves us? After hearing it so often, we sometimes fail to recognize the significance of these oft-repeated words.

It was God’s love for us that prompted Him to send His Son to save us. We had transgressed His commands repeatedly and gone our own way, yet He loved us enough to give His life for us.  It takes strong, passionate, selfless devotion to do something like that – the kind of love God has for us. He demonstrated His love clearly by giving His son for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Considering what He’s done for us, how could we ever doubt His affection?

1 John 4:19 tell us that we love because God first loved us. Only by comprehending the greatness of His affection for us personally can we begin to truly love Him, those around us, or even ourselves. Many people judge themselves very harshly. They dislike so many things about themselves. Nothing about them ever seems good enough in their own eyes.  Because of how they view themselves, they fall for the lie that they are unlovable. Their pain gives them more of a tendency to lash out at those around them. The people they hurt are more apt to spread the pain further, and so it continues. Yet it all stems back to not understanding the undying affection of the our Lord and Savior. This is why it is so important for us to grasp the width and length, and height and depth, of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19).

God loves us. He wants us to understand that. Not merely to give mental assent to the fact, but to truly believe it in our hearts. He wants to show us how much He really cares for us. All we need to do is to be willing to listen. I challenge you to ask God to reveal His love to you. He stands ready and waiting to do so. Take time to consider what His Word has to say on the subject. Discover the reality of His love for you today!

Here are a few of the verses that speak of God’s great love:

  • God has lavished His love upon us, in calling us His children (1 John 3:1).
  • The Bible’s definition of love is this – that God loved us, and sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).
  • The love of our Heavenly Father endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
  • His love reaches to the heavens (Psalm 36:5).
  • Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).