How To Hear From God
Have you ever heard God speak to you? Would you like to hear God speak to you? Don’t you want God to speak to you to encourage you, to give you answers to your questions and solutions to your problems? Don’t you want God to advise you and help you make wise decisions? Wouldn’t it be nice when you don’t know whether to go to the left or to the right for God to walk behind you and you will hear a voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it’?
God does speak to you throughout the day. God speaks to you through various methods; however, the problem is that you are not hearing Him speak and you are not recognizing His voice. Know without a shadow of a doubt that you do hear from God.
How God Spoke In The Bible
In the Bible, God spoke to people through seven distinct ways.
Through Divine Revelation
God spoke to many people in the Bible by giving them revelations. Since they had an intimate relationship with Him, they could hear Him.
A revelation is something that is hidden but is then revealed clearly. John was in the spirit on the Lord’s day when God gave him what was written in the Book of Revelation.
Through an Audible Voice
God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his country and to go to a land that God would show him. Abraham obeyed when he heard God speak to him (Genesis 12:1-4). It is rare for God to speak audibly to us today though He surely could. However, because the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) as Jesus promised, today the Holy Spirit lives in us to guide us into all truths.
Through Dreams and Visions
When you hear God speak to you while you are asleep, it is called a dream. When God speaks to you while you are wide awake, it is called a vision. It does not take a long time for God to get our attention through dreams and visions. Oftentimes they last only a split second, but they contain so much information that we think it has been a long time.
God communicated to Joseph (Genesis 37) and Daniel through a series of dreams. God still speaks through dreams. Many of us overlook what God tells us while we are asleep.
God still communicates through dreams. Sometimes the only way to get our attention is when we are asleep. There are common themes that run through everybody’s dreams; however, there are only a few people who listen and even fewer who respond to what God had tried to tell them.
Through the Prophets
In the Old Testament God spoke through His prophets such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and many others. However, today God speaks through His Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1).
Also, God often speaks to His own people directly; especially to those who have a right relationship with Him. In other words, God cuts out the middle man and speaks directly to our own hearts. However, so many times people doubt what they hear from God but accept what they hear from others. We should train our heart, mind, and ears to hear directly from God. Then we do not have to wait until a prophet comes into town to give us a word in a corporate setting. We don’t need to hear second-handedly from God. God wants us to hear from Him.
Many people in the Bible had problems or unique circumstances they could not handle on their own. People like Gideon, Jacob, and Job used their circumstances to get closer to God. With all the things Job went through, in the end, he was able to see the sovereignty of God.
Know that all circumstances through which you will hear God are not all good; however, the lesson will be a good one. Job learned to know God and love Him even more after he endured tremendous hardship. Job’s latter part of his life was better than the first because he listened to God through his circumstances.
The birth of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus were introduced through the angel Gabriel. God uses angels today to give us advice and help us. Beware of strangers for they might be angels unaware (Hebrews )
Through the Holy Spirit
In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon people for them to perform certain acts. As soon as the act was completed, the Holy Spirit left them.
Then in the New Testament after the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came to live within believers as Jesus promised just before He ascended. The Holy Spirit’s coming was our seal and guarantee that Jesus kept His promise. If Jesus kept His promise about the coming of the Holy Spirit, doesn’t it stand to reason that He will keep His other promises for our lives?
The Holy Spirit was prominent in the life of Paul telling him what to do and where to go. That same Holy Spirit can work through our lives as well when we are obedient to God.
How God Speaks Today
God speaks to us today through four primary ways. However, the ways are not limited to these four ways. He speaks to us much the same way He spoke to people in the Bible,
Through the Word of God
One of the four primary ways God speaks to us today is through the Word of God. Everything God will say to us is written in the Bible. Nothing will be added. Nothing will be deleted. Nothing will be revised. The unfolding truth of God is by God Himself about Himself and what He wants us to do.
Through God’s Word, He guides us. He teaches us. He directs us. He challenges us. He advises us. He warns us. He comforts us. And He gives us that blessed assurance we sing about. The most rewarding advice you can get is from God Himself found in the written Word of God.
Through the Holy Spirit
God speaks to us today through the Holy Spirit. In order for God’s spirit to speak to us through His spirit is to have accepted Jesus Christ and believe that He is Lord who died for our sins and God raised Him from the dead. The Holy Spirit impresses His will in our spirit or mind so we can hear Him communicate with us.
Through Other People
God speaks to us through others. You might hear someone talking about something unrelated to what you are going through, but something they say will resound in your mind. This will help you to act wisely.
God speaks to us through our circumstances. Not all these circumstances are good. Some of them might be bad or indifferent. However, we can learn something from every circumstance we encounter.
God speaks to us through our failures as well as through our successes. God speaks to us through our disappointments as well as through our appointments. God speaks to us just as much through our tragedies as He does through our triumphs. God can and often does use our circumstances to get our attention.
There is a time and purpose for everything we go through, according to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Those circumstances should teach us lessons. If we look close enough, we will be able to see God in our circumstances. And we will be able to hear God speak to us assuring us which is the right way to go (Isaiah 30:21).