Learning to Listen for His Voice


womanlisteningHave you ever found yourself wondering Why doesn’t God speak to me?

Many of us talk to the Lord and just want to hear Him respond now and then. But sometimes we aren’t sure what to listen for.

In the four decades since I’ve given my life to Christ, I have never experienced an encounter with God in which there was an audible voice, a thundering from heaven, a burning bush, or a rushing wind. It was usually a still small voice that gave me an inner peace, a loving rebuke that changed my ways, the written Word of God that pierced my  heart, or a sense of calling and direction that wouldn’t let me be until I followed.

God speaks in various ways by the Holy Spirit to those in relationship with Him. And in my experience, I would have to say that He has spoken most clearly when I’ve been the most obedient, the most in need of comfort, and for the most part, taking the time to really listen.

Do you long to hear God speaking to you on a regular basis? Then I recommend these three steps:

  • Look to His Word —  God communicates through the Scriptures. Sometimes it’s a verse that pierces our hearts as we’re reading. Other times it might be a passage — or a few words from a verse — that comes to our mind in a particular situation.  The more we know the Word of God, the more we’ll recognize God’s words of comfort, conviction, peace, or guidance.
  • Look Around You — Sometimes it may seem like God isn’t there. But He often makes His presence known to us by what we experience on a daily basis. Look for His presence in the circumstances around you — the tender words from a friend that you needed to hear at just the right time, the “coincidence” that confirms what you’d been praying for, the situation at work that turned in your favor. The fact that nothing takes this all-knowing God by surprise affirms to me that He is already working in what you haven’t even handed to Him yet.
  • Listen for His Whispers — Sometimes we feel urged to do something and we can’t explain why. Through prayer and discernment we can figure out if that is God’s whisper on our heart. Sometimes God speaks to us this way through prayer by nudging us to pray for something we wouldn’t otherwise have prayed for. God whispers encouragement. He whispers suggestions for acts of love toward someone in need. He whispers words to say at the proper time to heal another’s heart. When you hear these loving whispers, don’t immediately dismiss them as distracting thoughts. Instead, thank Him for what He spoke to you.

There is no sure-fire formula for hearing God speak. He speaks in His own way and in His own time to the hearts that are prepared to hear Him. But if we cultivate a heart to hear, we can be sure that His silence is not on account of our not listening.

For some practice in recognizing His whispers, reflecting on His character, and responding to His heart, read a short page each day in my brand new devotional, God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart.

Cindi
About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

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6 Comments

Edith Kaye Binion
Reply January 14, 2014

Cindi I thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I will purchase your book soon: God's Whispers to a Womans Heart. Right I'm reading WHen Women Walk Alone-Ive been so blessed by it since my husband died almost three years ago. I know longer believe I am alone-I am in Christ and He has always been there-it was I that had not recognized it. I NEVER knew to pray for a place of loneliness-I look forward now to meeting Him there to commune with Him....I thank you for your obedience to Him-I feel you wrote this one just for me. I no longer believe/nor do I agree with the lies I was told about being alone when my husband passed away. I am free, now, in Jesus. Edith

    StrengthSoul
    Reply January 14, 2014

    Edith, thank you so much for your words of encouragement to me this morning, and for your testimony to others that even when you lose a loved one as close as a husband, you can find the joy and peace that comes from recognizing His presence and strength in the midst of loss. Blessings to you, my new friend, as you keep walking alongside Him.

Chery
Reply January 14, 2014

Cindi,
Thank you so much for this post! I long to hear God and have now realized, from your wisdom, that there are many ways I do! I have reaped more than I can say from your devotional, "God's Whispers to a Woman's Heart". In "Part I Recognizing His Whispers" I have gained a whole new heart for listening. I experience such joy in watching and waiting on Him!

    StrengthSoul
    Reply January 14, 2014

    Thank you, Chery, for your encouraging words and your reminder that hearing His voice requires cultivating a heart for listening. : )

janet
Reply January 21, 2014

Thank you, you have encouraged my heart by knowing that God speaks to the hearts that are ready and prepared to hear him. God bless u sister.

    StrengthSoul
    Reply January 21, 2014

    Thank you, Janet, for your comment. Bless you as you listen for His whispers.

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