I remember the first time I ever heard God's voice. I was going through a hard time. I was searching for some kind of answer. I didn't know how to listen to His voice. Sometimes I even wondered what people were talking about when they said God told them to do this, God told them to do that. Like what did they mean. Was He talking out loud to them? Did they hear it in their mind? Was I like the only weirdo that didn't hear an audible voice? I needed help that day. I was on my lunch break at work and I was spiritually young. I had rededicated my life to God when I was about 20. This wasn't too long after that. I cried out to Him. I noticed my Bible sitting in the front seat of my car. I grabbed it, flipped it open, and read.
Isaiah 43: 1-4
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God the Holy One of Israel, your Savior I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes and honored, and I love you.
The second I read the first couple of words. It happened. Tears started pouring. He was speaking to me. I heard it. It engraved on my heart. I felt it in my spirit. I knew it was His voice. I knew it was for me. I got my answer that moment. I had been redeemed. He had called me by name. When I walk through the flames I will not be consumed. I am precious in His eyes. I am honored. He loves me.
His voice that day changed me. It was a pivotal point in my salvation. It was an experience with God that is still so real to me that I tear up even typing this. I heard Him in such a real way that day. That scripture will always be my spirit's theme song.
I get questions about this subject often: How do I know it's God's voice?, How can I hear God's voice?, Why don't I hear God's voice?
It's simple. Listen. Pray. Read the Bible. Listen. Then pray some more.
God speaks to us all. Sometimes its a small still voice and sometimes it's a monumental life changing experience. Everyone has a different relationship with God. He speaks through His Word the majority of the time. It's called God's Rhema Word. You know when you have read the same scripture in Matthew a billion times since you received salvation, but today when you read it, it just jumped out at you and just had such a powerful meaning and you just really understood what it was saying there. That's God speaking to you. When you feel the Holy Spirit leading, guiding, and training you. That's God speaking. You know when you go to say something and you just get this feeling like that might not be the nicest or best idea. That's Him. When you are praying about a situation and you have a peacefulness or either an uneasiness about it, listen, because that is His voice.
His voice is always there. The more you allow it to be the louder it will get.
It's simple. Don't try to make it so hard. Just listen. He is there. Always.
Thanks so much for reading! God bless you!