Hearing God

Exodus 3:3-4 “So Moses said “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him…”

Hidden in these verses is a key that will unlock a door you may have desired to be opened for a long time – hearing God. There are a myriad of questions that arise when this subject is raised. Why do some people hear God and other don’t.  How do I hear God’s voice?  Can it be that hearing God is only something ministers do? Do you have to be “special” to hear God? My pastor says hearing God is not for today – can that be true?

I can only go back to the words of Jesus in John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they follow Me.”  According to what Jesus says here, this is one of the indicators of being a sheep in His pasture. Therefore we have to conclude it is normal to hear the voice of the Shepherd and it is abnormal not to hear His voice. We do not have to settle for an abnormal existence in our walk of faith.  Stir up your desire to hear God more clearly.  That is a prayer God will answer.  So how did this work for Moses?

At this point in his life, Moses was an employee for his father-in-law; he worked as a shepherd. You might say he was in that phase of life that is always most uncomfortable – the transition.  In his life there was this chasm that existed between what he understood to be the purpose of his life and his reality as a lowly shepherd.  God speaks to us in so many ways – He has limitless avenues of communication, as evidenced by Moses and the burning bush.  However, there are some things we can do to create the right atmosphere to be able to hear God more clearly.

Positioning is an essential part of hearing God. Moses “…turned aside to look…” at the burning bush, and then God spoke to him.  He took time to look and when God spoke to him, he responded. So how does this work today for you and me?  I have found it essential to have a daily time with the Lord where there is nothing pressing in on me. Sometimes I just ask God if He has anything to say.  Sometimes He does and sometimes He doesn’t.  He’s God and He can tell me what He wants when He wants to.

Positioning means creating an atmosphere of worship. Sometimes it means just sitting in silence before the Lord and waiting. Sometimes it means having an attitude of expectancy, like you know you are in one of those pregnant moments. Sometimes He will speak through the Scriptures, or during a time of worship, or during times of prayer. There is heavenly wisdom for you during the workday.  Are you positioning yourself to tap into it, or do you fill up your times with noise like a radio or TV? Positioning and creating the atmosphere where God is not competing for your time are essential ingredients.  Moses positioned himself and he received the fulfillment of his destiny.  So will you!

Position yourself to hear God today.  He has all the wisdom and insight you need and He wants to give it to you. His gifts are available to us 7 days a week, not just on Sunday.  They are meant for day by day, minute by minute operation, not just to observe on Sunday.  Hearing God is for you today, just as much as it is for your pastor on Sunday.  Listen, look, and expect His voice. I have learned if I’m not hearing, sometimes I’m not listening.