How To Listen To God

Posted on Oct 02 , 2014 in Faith & God's Word & Life Lessons

How To Listen To God

© By Brad L Hodges
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Luke 18:18 (ESV)
Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

Much has been said and written about listening to God. All true believers really do desire to “hear” Him and follow His voice, counsel and plan for their lives.

The danger and problem we encounter of course, as with all human interaction not only with God but their fellow humanity, is that “me” inevitably gets in the way of listening and can cause deafness in the form of selective hearing.

We are so often eager to interrupt God’s voice with our selfish desires that we try to give Him the answer we want to hear rather than detecting the answer we need to hear. We only hear the loud “me voice” rather than the tongue of God which is often subtle in order to force us to truly listen.

Proverbs 18:13 (ESV)
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Frequently we are so wrapped up in “me,” especially when we think God is not listening to us, we fail to remember that His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8) but as a reminder, God is not always so subtle when He needs to get our attention for reasons that are for our own good.

Job 33:12-18 (NIV)
12 “But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.
13 Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s words?
14 For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, 16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, 17 to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, 18 to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.

The majority of time however God does speak to us in subtle ways, and as mentioned above, it is to force us to learn to “listen” to Him uninterrupted, void of the noise of the world and most importantly absent of “me.”

If you truly want to learn to listen to God the key is to turn the volume on “me” down, and the amplification on God up, so you can hear Him and let Him work in our lives within the harmony of real communication, not your naturally inclined human selfishness.

I have found that to really communicate with God requires that I request right up front, before I attempt to “listen” to Him, and if appropriate have a subsequent conversation with Him, that He not let me insert myself into the equation so that I can hear what He has to say in the context of what is both good for me but also for His Glory.

Most times this requires me to simply “Be still and know He is God” (Psalm 46:10) which removes myself and my self-centered desires. This requires trusting Him with all my heart, leaning not on my own understanding and submitting to Him so He can make my paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

If we are truly believers in Jesus Christ we understand that we do not know what is best for us. Our old self has died on the cross with Him and our new self has entered into a place of trust and faith given by grace so we may abide in Him (Romans 6).

If we are abiding in Christ we want to listen to His voice for we know that we have yielded to Him as sheep to the Shepard and the sheep, trusting the voice of the Shepard, will listen to what he has to say.

John 10:14-16 (NIV)
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Learning to listen to God is not easy because our old selfish desires are still in us as humans and will unfortunately remain there until we enter eternity with Him. But if we want to allow (submitting our free will) God to lead us down the path that is best for us we must learn to listen to His word, remove “me” from the association, and trust fully in His omniscience.

Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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