This article is the continuation of the article ‘Listening to God.’ This part talks about a few tips that we can do to be able to hear what God is telling us.
We would be able to listen to God by becoming more alert, aware, conscious, and reflective in the happenings of our daily lives. Read into the events that happen to you and think about what could God possibly tell you with these events. I usually reflect on what happened during the day and ask myself what God is trying to tell me by these events. Sometimes, I get some insights; there are other times when I do not.
Another way is to pray to God to speak to you. One particular example in the Bible is the story of Samuel. The temple priest Eli, who was Samuel’s guardian, told him that if God calls him, he should say “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”
At times when I need guidance or I just want to listen to God, I follow Eli’s advise to Samuel. Throughout the day, I would repeatedly utter, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” I may not exactly hear God at the end of the day but it is my way to prepare my heart to hear what God has to say.
I also find that having a journal helps me to hear what God is trying to tell me. I know that journaling may not be for everyone and I myself don’t really write on my journal daily. But I do strive to write a page or two every so often about my insights on what has happened in my life that week, what I think God’s message was. When I look back later to what I have written, sometimes I would notice a theme or a certain pattern and this gives me direction as to how my life should go.
If you want to really be in tune with God and hear His voice, you must study or reflect on His Word. Because when you do, you will learn more about His mind. Then the Holy Spirit makes that Word applicable to you at the times when you need God’s guidance and wisdom.
According to St. Paul, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.” We should read, listen, and most importantly, follow the written word of God. That way, we will be able to grow with His guidance and His wisdom.
How do you know that the message is from God? Well, it must be weighed and measured against His Word. God’s voice will never contradict His word and this is one reason why studying the scripture is so important. We cannot really depend on our feelings. A message coming from God and from some other source can both make us feel warm inside. Moreover, our hearts can be deviously intelligent in helping us justify and rationalize what we want.
How long will it take for you to ‘hear’ God? God will not come just because we asked Him to, it is God’s own decision as to how or when he will communicate with us, that is why it is important for us to open up ourself to Him at all times to be able to hear Him. We don’t just listen to him when we need His guidance. Listening is part of our relationship with God.
Listening requires discipline and I must admit, it is a discipline that at times, I lack. In the hustles and bustles of life, I don’t always listen to him attentively or sometimes I don’t listen to him at all. But times when I do, what I hear becomes food for my hungry soul.
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