Hearing with the Heart
I have never heard the voice of God with my physical ears, but I have heard it many times with the ears of my heart. Sometimes it comes in loud and clear. Other times it is little more than a whisper, but I hear that whisper as clearly as if it were a clap of thunder.
The scriptures tell us when we come to the Lord, He will guide us in His ways. Isaiah 30:21 puts it this way:
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’”
I find that God speaks to my heart in the same way that Isaiah refers to hearing with physical ears. One of the common themes I hear among believers is how they long to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is God they are hearing and not their own heart.
They realize it’s possible they want something bad enough to believe that it is God’s plan. How much easier it would be if God spoke in a thunderous voice that could not be mistaken for their own weak inner one!
The Key to Truly Listening
The key to hearing the whispers of God lies in our ability to listen. According to James, the half-brother of Jesus, we are to “be quick to listen, slow to speak…”
I wonder how many of us are guilty of doing all the talking during our prayer times. When our mouths are busy telling God, our ears are closed to the possibility of our hearing God.
We need to learn better how to listen more while speaking less. When Jesus wearied after long hours of teaching, he would walk up into the hills and pray to the Father. A few of His prayers are recorded in scripture, but we know that He listened as well because He tells His disciples He speaks only the words the Father has given Him.
Be Still and Know
The Bible tells us through the Psalmist that we are to “be still and know that I am God.” Be still and know; be quiet and listen.
We know who God is only when we listen to what God has to say. And only through listening can we know what is God’s will for our lives. When troubles come your way, when life’s decisions loom on the horizon, to whom are you going to turn? Who is the one with all the answers?
Remember the words in Isaiah: God is behind you whispering to your heart: “This is the way; walk in it.”