Hearing from God During Advent, Part 2

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right
or  when you turn to the left.”   Isaiah 30:21 (ESV)
Believers eager to hear God’s voice must be willing (and content) to wait on the Lord. Waiting is not easy as we engage in a world that operates at warp speed. We are told that “Time waits for no man”, “Lost time results in lost opportunity”, and “Time is money”. However, our Infinite God does not operate within the finite boundary of time but in eternity. Hearing His voice requires that we patiently keep our eye on Him. As we patiently wait, there is an expectancy that we will hear Him speak. “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us” Psalm 123:2.
The best way for believers to hear from God, is simply to abide in His presence. Abide (meno) means “to remain or to continue to be present.” We are never our of God’s presence. He is everywhere. He is always present. [Read Psalms 139] It is up to us to sensitize ourselves to Him. As we become more aware His presence, we are able to maintain continual, unbroken connection with Him.  It is here that we can experience continual dialogue with God the Spirit versus straining for an occasional “word from the Lord.” (Read John 15) The greater your intimacy with God, the easier it is to hear His voice.   “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me; My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:14, 27)
Here are a few things to consider in determining if you are hearing God.  Does what you hear…
  • Align with God’s Word? (The “Full Counsel of God” versus a single scripture text)
  • Fit with the character of God? (Reflected in the life and action of Jesus Christ)
  • Reflect God’s will for your life? (Revealed through others and His Word)
Upon hearing from God, is there confirmation…
  • From other godly believers and/or ministers?
  • Through your daily events and circumstances?
  • Through “divine appointments?
God does speak to us in many ways and through many circumstances. Learn to “train your ear” to better hear from Him, not only during Advent but throughout the year.