Hearing God's Voice: Sharpen Your Hearing
Our "Hearing God’s Voice" series is adapted from "Sometimes He Whispers Sometimes He Roars" by Marilynn Chadwick. To request a copy of this book please go here. by Marilynn Chadwick Consider the miracle of speech. Our voice sets us apart from the animals. It allows us to communicate with each other. It connects us to God. A voice is a powerful tool. I believe our most important task is to train ourselves to hear God's voice. Jesus gives us a beautiful description of His role as the "good shepherd." He proves His love by "laying down His life for His sheep” (John 10:11). What a stark contrast with the "hired hand." This false shepherd cares only for himself—when he sees a wolf coming, he cuts and runs to save himself leaving the sheep defenseless. Whose voice is most familiar to you? I can easily recognize my husband David’s voice. When he calls, he doesn't have to identify himself. My sensitivity to his voice comes from our relationship. So it is with Jesus. If we are one of His followers, we recognize His voice. “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Listening to the right voice can be the difference between life and death. Ponder God's sober warning to the children of Israel: "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings, and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him..." (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). So many voices compete for our attention. We can tune our hearts to hear God’s voice by spending time in His Word (Romans 10:17). Here are a few tips on how I sharpen my hearing:
I carve out time in the morning for God's Word and prayer. It's my priority. I call this my "morning launch." I also have a favorite spot for my quiet time.
I often use a Bible reading plan along with my Study Bible, journal, and prayer list.
I try to pray “without ceasing,” sometimes while folding clothes, driving across town, or on an afternoon walk. Praying throughout the day keeps my connection with God flowing and sharpens my hearing. It also helps me keep watch for answers!
I hope you, too, will learn to sharpen your hearing of God’s voice. Learn about his nature and character. Train yourself to get close enough to him to understand how he would lead you.