5 Ways to Hear God's Voice

How to hear the voice of God

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Does God really talk to us? Can we really hear the voice of God? We often doubt if we are hearing from God until we learn to recognize the ways God speaks to us.

Wouldn't it be great if God decided to use billboards to talk to us? Just think, we could drive down the road and God would simply choose one of a zillion billboards to get our attention. There we'd be with a mapped out message straight from God. Pretty cool, huh?

I've often thought that method would certainly work for me! On the other hand, he could use something more subtle. Like a gentle rap on the side of the head whenever we veer off the course. Yup, there's a thought. God smacking people whenever they don't listen. I'm afraid we'd all be walking around in a daze from all that rapping "activity."

Hearing the Voice of God Is a Learned Skill

Of course, you could be one of the lucky ones like Moses, who was walking up the mountain, minding his own business, when he stumbled upon the burning bush. Most of us don't have those kinds of encounters, so we find ourselves looking for skills to help us hear from God.

Common Ways God Talks to Us

  • His Word: In order to actually "hear" from God, we have to know some things about God's character. We have to develop an understanding of who God is and the way he does things. Fortunately for us, all that information is available in the Bible. The Book goes into a lot of detail about how you can expect God to react, what kinds of expectations he has for us, and most specifically, how he expects us to treat other people. It's actually a pretty good book, given its age.
  • Other People: Many times, God will use other people to try to get through to us. It's possible for God to use anyone at any time, but I find more messages coming from people who are practicing Christians than non-practicing ones.
  • Our Circumstances: Sometimes the only way God can teach us something is to allow circumstances in our lives to lead us to and through the very thing we need to discover. The author Joyce Meyer says, "There's no such thing as a drive-through breakthrough."
  • The Still Small Voice: Most of the time, God uses a tiny voice inside us to let us know when we're not on the right path. Some people call it "the voice of peace." Whenever we're contemplating something and we don't have peace about it, it's a very good idea to stop and carefully look at the options. There's a reason you don't feel peace about it.
  • The Actual Voice: Sometimes we're able to "hear" something in our spirit that sounds to us like an actual audible voice. Or all of a sudden, you just know you heard something. Pay attention to those occasions because it is very likely God trying to tell you something.