Listen to God to make sure you are keeping His will
While He doesn't take to social media like Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, God speaks to us in a number of other ways. Learning to listen to God is a skill few know and seldom master.
Does God still speak to us?
Read on to learn how to hear from God.
Listening to God in a number of ways
There are a number of ways you can listen to God. These ways include:
- Public reading of scripture
- Paying attention to opportunities
- Heeding the advice of other mature Christians
Let's break down how to hear God's voice in each of these ways.
Public scripture reading
Hearing the voice of God can be a very hard thing to discern. One of the more common ways people claim to be listening is through God's Word, the Bible.
This is the method by which there is the most proof within scripture to hear God's voice. In fact, as Jesus Christ was being tempted by Satan, he said, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Christian Standard Bible
How does praying equate to listening to God? I believe Jesus is part of the Trinity, that is 3 beings who are each a part of God. These three beings are not necessarily separate, and yet they can be manifested individually.
When we pray, we reveal a part of who we are to ourselves. We reveal what is most important to us, but God also moves us through the Holy Spirit. In this God reveals His nature and His will for our lives. In time, listening to God will allow us to understand scripture, the words of God, by prayer through the Holy Spirit.
When we pray, we practice listening when we allow ourselves to stay in the posture of praying even though we have no words to speak. I would even go so far to say that sometimes what we don't say in prayer can help us more by training us how we can always be listening for God's voice.
Paying attention to opportunities
Learning to hear God takes more than time. It takes practice. To truly practice listening, you must apply God's Word to all opportunities, both positive and negative.
For example, we should seize any chance we may encounter someone looking to learn more about God. We should of course share the Gospel and tell the story of Jesus. But we should also take time to praise God in negative situations.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Christian Standard Bible
Paul and Silas were praising God IN PRISON! I can't think of a more negative situation than being imprisoned, and there Paul and Silas were praising God in the midst of their dilemma. They ended up being a witness for Christ by doing so, and the other prisoners got to hear about the God of all creation.
Heeding the advise of mature Christians
When we listen to mature Christians, we also listen to God. In life, God sends certain people in our lives that we know are mature in Christ and we can tell these people are experienced at listening to God.
In my life especially, I found true growth in my walk with God by spending time with mature Christian men. I love to listen to their stories of triumph and mistakes to learn how I can experience God in my own life. In the days before social media like Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, listening to someone with more experience was how you learned life lessons. Over time, I have learned that by listening to these lessons I can improve my life.
Listening to God all the time
One of the best life skills you can develop is to hear what it is God has to say about your life. Listening for God's voice can be difficult, and it does take some practice and patience to get right. While listening to God is not the same as listening to our parents or listening to the advise of friends, the benefits far outweigh any trouble experienced trying to listen to God.