How often do we listen out for that still, small voice that is often referenced in sermons, in quotes, and in songs? The inability to tune out outside noise and hear God’s voice is not uncommon. So, what can we do? Below are some tips!
Devote time to hear from God. Be consistent about taking time to be alone with God. Start out by setting a schedule for just being alone, no interruptions, and just think about God and all that He is. Think about what His plan. This typically forms some questions, which can become a discussion between us and the Lord.
Read God’s word consistently. This is a sure way to learn about our Father. It also brings about meditation on the promises that are embedded within the scriptures in the Bible. Reading God’s word is a form of communication and guidance between us and God.
Pray to God and when praying, take the time to listen. It is great to pray, allowing us to alleviate all that is on our hearts and asking for what we need (and sometimes it could be what we want). However, pray and try to thank God simply for all that He is and all that He has done already. Next, ask God to speak! Then, listen out for Him! He speaks to us in different ways, so be ready for that too!
Eliminate outside noise so to hear God more clearly (and more frequently). We have a lot going on in our daily lives. We have to carve out that quality time with God. This could mean less intake of social media, television, gaming, and any other distractions that will hinder us from hearing from the Master. Tune out the outside noise and tune into God. We will be better able to comprehend God’s loving voice and follow Him with more confidence.
Scripture to Remember: 1 Samuel 3:9-10 (ESV)
9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”