Having Heard

Isaiah 30: 21

Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

God means that you should hear his voice. He wants to talk with you. He also guides you with his voice. It seems that hearing from God has been relegated to a few people but that is not God’s intention. It is our tradition that has developed that idea. 

The big secret about hearing the voice of God, if you are not already, is that it takes practice. You begin to recognize the voice of God and it becomes easier and easier to hear him. One time I went on a trip and took a suit with me for the occasion. Then I had this idea occur to me to take an additional suit. I thought about it and said to myself, “But I don’t need two suits.” The thought persisted though so I packed the second one. As it turned out, I did end up needing two different suits. That was when I realized that it had been God telling me to grab the second suit. I learned a lot from that. First of all, I began to learn how God’s voice sounds in my ear. Sometimes it is just a thought that occurs to me from out of nowhere. I may be thinking of something totally different and a thought comes to me. Recently I left my house to go to an appointment. I got to the end of the street and the thought came to me that I had left the garage door open. I thought about that for a minute and in my own thinking I did not think that I had left the door open. The thought persisted though so I turned around and drove back to the house. Guess what? Sure enough the door was open. 

That is the way God communicates with us. In the example about the suit, it would not have been the end of the world if I had not listened to Him and packed only the one suit. Even with the garage door, I am sure that He would have protected my house in my absence but it sure is nice that He does tell me these things because my life is much better for all of the things He tells me. 

And that brings up the second lesson I learned about hearing from God. He often starts out teaching you to hear his voice by talking with you about small things. It did not take much faith for me to turn my car around and go check the garage door. He has built my faith in Him and in my hearing Him in these small things. Now when He says something big to me, I am better able to recognize that it is His voice speaking to me and I have more faith in hearing Him so that I do what I hear without arguing it away.

The thing you really have to do to start hearing God’s voice is to turn off some of the noise around you. If you are like I was you always have some noise machine on. In my case I had the TV or stereo on every minute of my life. There was no quiet time in my life for Him to speak in. The other thing that I had to do was to quiet my mind. My mind was so busy and so loud that there was little chance of me hearing Him. Quiet your mind. And lastly, I absolutely prayed about hearing the voice of God. I knew that other people heard God’s voice and I absolutely insisted on hearing also. If anyone is receiving a blessing from God, you are entitled to that same blessing because it is one and the same Jesus that has bought that blessing for each of us. Don’t let any of God’s blessings evade you.

This Way ->

Isaiah 30: 21            Index Card 15

And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it.”

Well, today is the last index card but it really is a good one and certainly one which I have relied upon extensively. This is a promise from God and you can hold Him to it. First it means that we will hear God speak to us (See Word of the Day – Opened Ears, 3/24/16). That is a great promise all by itself but let’s not stop there. It also means that He will give me direction, He will guide me in the way I should go. God has opened our ears and is using the communication lines between us to show us the way (read all the puns into that you want). His voice guides us daily. If at any time we do not hear Him leading us then we have only to stop and recall this verse. Then we set our intention back to hearing His voice and there He is, still on the line talking.

Jesus promised us that the Holy Spirit would be our guide (John 16: 13). He also revealed that the Holy Spirit would take whatever He hears and disclose it to us and believe it, the Holy Spirit keeps pretty good company. So, we really have it made. God the Father has promised to speak a word in our ears and Jesus commissioned the Holy Spirit to speak to us and guide us. Now we know the way.

Hearing the Voice of God

Isaiah 30: 21

And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

Who doesn’t want to hear the voice of God speaking in their ears?  And how much better and easier would life be if we could all daily hear the voice of God?  Jesus walked in the earth constantly receiving instruction from the Father.  In John 5: 19 and John 8: 28 Jesus tells us that everything he did and everything he said he got from the Father.  What if we too could walk through our day constantly receiving guidance from the Father?  Well, it is more plausible than you might think. 

Recently I attended a seminar conducted by Dr. Mark Virkler.  Dr. Virkler has taught thousands of people how to hear the voice of God.  In his own desperate search to hear God’s voice he was led to an almost foolproof way to hear God speak to you.  As a matter of fact, he guarantees that if you apply his four keys, you will hear the voice of God.  Dr. Virkler is also the president of Christian Leadership University where you can take classes that will help you develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Jesus.  Dr. Virkler’s website is www.cwgministries.org.  Here you will find his materials on Communing with God and Hearing the Voice of God.  There is a large amount of free material on his site and I strongly encourage you to poke around the website and see what is available.

God wants to talk with you daily.  If you are not hearing the voice of God speaking into your life then I would say you should pursue God and insist that He guide you into learning to hear His voice.  That singular pursuit has added an incredible amount of value to my life.  I am sure that it will impact your life in the same way.

Jesus is speaking to you right now.  He wants to guide your daily steps.  He wants to help you make decisions and even help you in some of the smallest matters of life.  However, you need to be able to hear him.  He speaks to your heart rather than your brain so open your heart to him.  Hear what the Lord is saying to you today.  And be blessed.