4 Ways To Hear God's Voice
George Groves, the British boxer, was recently asked how he was able to hear his trainer’s instructions over the thousands of screaming fans whilst he was fighting in the ring.
Groves said that when you only ever hear one voice in the gym all day every day, it’s doesn’t matter how many people are shouting at you, it is still the only voice he can hear.
It struck me that very often we go into different situations and scenarios hoping to hear from God and yet we have not developed the discipline of being in His presence on our own and knowing His voice. Why do we go into more corporate settings like church and leave feeling disappointed that God hasn’t spoken to us directly when we haven’t learnt to recognise his voice ourselves?
Read The Word
God’s primary way that he speaks is through His Word! It’s such a simple thing and yet so many people, including myself, often neglect this simple truth. God has made known the riches of glorious grace through Jesus Christ which has been revealed to us in His word. The Bible exists so that we might know God better and hear what He has to say to us.
Get Rid of the Noise
Every day you are filling your head with unnecessary noise whether it’s the daily addiction of checking Facebook or having the TV on all day. It is all noise. It does nothing to help your relationship with God and it certainly doesn’t help you hear His voice. Take a break from it. Find a time each day where there are no distractions and meditate on God’s word, praying and listening to God. My most creative moments seem to always be in the shower or as I go to bed. It’s often the only time in the day where I stop and just think rather than absorb the noise and information that is being thrown at me during the day.
The problem with starting new habits is that we often set ourselves a challenge that we will never actually achieve. We need to set ourselves reachable targets that we can then build on and develop. Our church small group did 10 minutes a day meditating on a Psalm of our choice and even in that short time, we were able to meet with God.
A generation that seeks Him
Psalm 24 says ‘This is the generation of those who seek Him.’ What are you pursuing in your life? Are you truly pursuing a life that is centred around the Kingdom of God and His purposes for this world? For this world to change, for our communities to be impacted and for our friends to know Jesus, we must be a generation that seeks Him. In order for us to do this we must know His voice. We must practice and be disciplined in being in His presence so that when the noise is around us we can still hear the One who made us.
James Lee is Head of Communications at Something More. He is also a teacher and lives in Bristol with his wife where he has discovered a new found love for power drills.