Father God, how wonderful to have confirmation in my heart that I am Yours. Hallelujah! Jesus Christ, how assuring to know that You are my Saviour and best friend. Amen! Holy Spirit You reign in my heart. You are my every breath.
Dear reader, how often do you speak to God and when you ask Him for something, how do you hear His reply? So many people say that they don’t hear God. In this article let us take a look at how people in the Bible heard God. I will also share a testimony from my own life.
In Genesis 1:28 we read that God said to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it….” Throughout the story about Adam and Eve, we hear how God talks to them, having conversations with them and giving them instructions to a blessed life. They knew exactly what God wanted from them and therefore felt guilty when they did not do as he commanded. We read from the book of Exodus about the many conversations Moses had with God. Although he never saw His face, He spend days with God, hearing Him audibly.
In the book of Joshua we read how God spoke to Joshua with clear instructions to be brave and courageous, proclaiming blessing over him and giving him a promise that no one will ever be able to stand up against him. Then there were the great prophets that we read of in the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Zechariah; who spend time with the Lord, receiving from God the word for every prophecy they made. In the book of Job we read how Job was in constant conversation with God and then God responded to him in the storm (Job 38). Throughout the Bible we continue to read how God spoke to many people, including His disciples. We therefore see that God is not a silent God. He wants to spend time with us in conversation and all these people I referred to, heard Him because they were in a relationship with Him.
Over the past few days I have been fasting and praying with someone special, humbly seeking God’s heart about something specific. We know when we fast and pray that we can’t put an ultimatum to God. So we go to Him in prayer and trust His will. Many times during this week we communicated with each other sharing what God has told us. The more we prayed, the more we felt His presence and I again realised that in order to hear God, I need to spend time with Him. God revealed Himself to us in this week and more than once He confirmed His Word in our hearts in various ways.
Dear reader, what we need to understand is that God created us in His image. He loves us and wants us not just to live our lives on our own. He wants to be part of our lives and desires our attention. He wants a relationship with us, not just us believing in His existence. When you are in a friendship or love relationship, do you just go about speaking to each other once a day or when you feel like it? No, you make an effort to spend as much time as you can with that person so that you can get to know their heart, feel their pain and hear and keep their secrets. It is exactly what God wants from you. He wants quality time with you to hear you speak to Him, telling Him about your day.
He wants to know about your challenges and He wants to hear you giving Him praise. By committing yourself in a relationship with Him, you will move closer to Him and by moving closer to Him, you will hear Him speak. He speaks to us through many ways such as the Bible, nature and people. However, sometimes He speaks audibly and directly to you, and sometimes He speaks through silence. What we must remember is that if we want to hear God in His silence, we need to be close to Him. I personally hear Him mostly with my heart and if you are close to Him, you will listen with your heart when He speaks. How will you know it is happening? That is when there is total peace and no fear. Remember if you are close to God and you know His heart, You will know His peace. Hallelujah! Amen!
Dear reader, be close to God and listen to Him speak. Listen with your heart. He is waiting to hear from you.
Lots of love
PS: Dear reader, please remember that the scripture used are from the New International Version. If the scripture is read in another language and translation it might differ slightly. A verse in the NIV might be a different one in your Bible, i.e. Ps 37:3 in the NIV might be Ps 37:4 in your bible. This does not always occur, but happens in some instances.