How do you hear God’s voice? I used to ask this question so many times. Why? Well, for one, I did not want to be misled in a wrong direction based on my flesh, or otherwise. Also, I wanted to be absolutely certain I was getting it right and being obedient.
Oh, the over-stewarding!
Well, I have come to learn that for me it takes lots and lots of practice. I have been blessed, while being deployed to HIS desert boot camp, by falling right on my butt time and time again or face down in a pile of my mistakes. Yes, there were people all around me, but I was truly alone.
Here I could not depend on other people’s wisdom, perspective, or perception based on their experience, strength and hope. It was here in this deserted wilderness that I arrived at the destination of one-on-one, just with HIM. At times it was extremely lonely, but completely necessary.
So, what have I learned?
Well, he speaks to us individually in a way we can understand, yet it will always line up with HIS book – HIS word. If it does not, proceeding is not recommended. Unfortunately I learned this the very hard way, too.
Since I am not a teacher or a preacher, and I am not as well-versed in scripture as many, he almost always speaks to me with simplicity in a fundamental way. How? Sometimes it is with a sign and wonder in nature, in a dream, or a person crossing my path with a word I need to hear. But most of the time it is through the creative arts – sometimes the written word, but almost always music.
Whether through a worship song, a poem, a riddle or rhyme – even if it is a rough tough word I need to hear – it is almost always communicated with affirmation and love. And usually it is after I have asked a question. HE puts the song on my heart just in the dawn of the morning – something with a message that always leads me back to scripture – back to him.
What about you? How does God speak to you?