Hearing God’s voice is easy when we rely on God’s ability to speak rather than our ability to hear. Think about it. God is an expert communicator. He has all of heaven’s and earth’s resources at his disposal. He can and does use a whole host of creative techniques to get his messages through and he is totally committed to doing so because of his intense desire for intimate relationship with us. (Listen to Part 1 of I Don’t Hear God Like You Do).
So what makes it difficult? What makes the vast majority of Christians struggle in this area?
This is not a once-all answer by any means, but I would like to suggest that the biggest reason many of us find hearing from God difficult is because of the response God requires from us when we hear his voice.
It’s not difficult to hear from God, what’s difficult is doing what he says.
But I thought God’s words were spirit and they were life? That they are light to our feet, a lamp to our path? They are food to our souls such that we can’t live without them?
So why would responding to them be so difficult?
The reason is, that God’s words ultimately lead us into a higher level of discipleship. They call us to obey, to take up our cross and follow, to shed the old man with its selfish, arrogant ways and live according to the Spirit. To approach life by faith according to his world of possibilities rather than our world of human limitations.
And this can be hard. It’s dying to ourselves and it’s putting others first. It’s allowing him to heal those hidden parts of ourselves. It’s believing his words above our circumstances.
Yes it’s difficult.
But it’s worth it.
Can I challenge you today? When you ask God to speak, subtext your prayer with this clause: “Whatever you say Lord, I will do it”.
Then do it.
And that’s what makes hearing his voice easy.
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Do you find it easy or difficult to hear from God? What do you think makes it easier to hear his voice? Leave a comment below: