Do you ask, “Why can’t I hear you God?” Did you know He’s always speaking to you? God always has something to say. And, yes, you can learn to hear Him.
Maybe you love God and desire to serve Him, but you aren’t sure how. Do you wish God would speak plainly so you could know His plans? Wouldn’t it be nice to just google “God’s plans for my day” and have it pop up on your computer?
Yes, we have the Bible to tell us what God says, but the Bible can’t tell you where to go to school, who you should marry, or what should be your career path.
PRINCIPLES THAT HELP YOU LEARN GOD’S VOICE
I spent most of my Christian life trying to figure out what God was saying to me so I could follow Him better. Many times I ran headlong into a dead end. More often than not, confusion and frustration swirled through my head and governed my thoughts. I still don’t always hear Him accurately, but I’ve learned helpful principles through a lifetime of leaning into Him and through listening to excellent teachers of His Word.
The next three weeks I’ll share three principles that help you learn God’s voice.
KNOWING GOD’S CHARACTER
Have you ever texted someone, hit send, and then realize auto correct changed your message?
For example, a wife texts a happy birthday message to her DEAD husband. Oops! That was supposed to be DEAR husband! Haha!
Even when auto correct doesn’t sabotage your message, someone can misinterpret your words. They can’t hear the tone of your voice or see the expression on your face, so they misread the message. However, someone who knows you well is less likely to misunderstand.
God gets misunderstood all the time. We can read His words in the Bible and yet misread His message because we can’t see His smile or hear the love in His voice.
Do you think God’s shaking His head or tapping His foot because you got it wrong again? Well, He’s not, because that’s not His character.
We need to learn God’s character so we don’t misinterpret what He’s saying to us.
When Moses climbed Mount Sinai a second time to receive the ten commandments after the Israelites worshiped the golden calf, God spoke this to him about His character:
“And the Lord passed by him [Moses] and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth…” Exodus 34:6 KJV.
Even though the Israelites disobeyed God when they got tired of waiting for Moses to come down from Mount Sinai, God did not destroy them. Was He angry? Yes. But Moses prayed for the people and God accepted Moses’ prayer. We are under an even better covenant with Jesus. He sits at the right hand of the Father, and He always intercedes for us.
God always knew we would disobey. It was always in His heart to provide a way to bring us near to Him despite our shortcomings. Why? Because it’s part of His character.
HIS MERCIFUL CHARACTER
Strong’s Concordance defines the word “merciful” in the above passage as compassionate. The Hebrew word merciful is derived from the root word racham, which means to caress lovingly. God longs to put His arms around you as a loving Father.
HIS GRACIOUS CHARACTER
The Hebrew word for “gracious” is channun, which means to stoop in kindness to an inferior. God treats you kindly and stoops to your level so you can see His smile.
HIS LONGSUFFERING CHARACTER
“Longsuffering” means slow to anger. God is patient with you. He doesn’t fly off the handle when you disobey. He is the author of second chances and more. Neither are His emotions unpredictable and volatile.
HIS GOOD CHARACTER
“Goodness” means kindness and faithfulness. It comes from a root word chasad, which means to bow the neck in courtesy to an equal. You and I are not equal to God, but He treats us with honor as if we were His equal, even though we don’t deserve it.
HIS TRUTHFUL CHARACTER
The word “truth” means more than the opposite of “lie.” It implies that God provides stability and support as someone you can trust. It is derived from the root word aman, which means to foster as a parent or nurse. God parents you. Parents lovingly nurture and guide their children and scoop them into their arms when they fall.
HIS LOVING CHARACTER
“We have come into an intimate experience with God’s love, and we trust in the love he has for us. God is love! Those who are living in love are living in God, and God lives through them.” 1 John 4:16 TPT
All the characteristics of God listed in Exodus can be described as spokes in the wheel of God’s love. Or one could say that love is the heart of God, and every aspect of His character is a heartbeat pulsing his love through us.
We recently lost a friend who was a living example of what the God’s love looks like. John always smiled, always worshiped the Lord, and always helped others. When his house burned to the ground, he said he’d build another one with a “God Room” where he could worship Jesus. He got sick with Covid, but he praised the Lord anyway. Just as he began to recover, he took a downturn. The day he died, longtime friends came to visit. He called them to his bedside, and even though he could barely breathe, he prayed for them for physical healing. Then he was satisfied to go home to his heavenly Father. The man who loved others and served well until his last breath was eager to go to his “God Room” in heaven where Jesus had prepared a place for him. [John 14:2]
The character of God spoke loud and clear through John because John oozed the love of God. He preached that God is love by his example.
When we act in love God is speaking through us. When we see love in action, God is speaking to us. We learn God’s voice by knowing his character. You won’t ask, “Why can’t I hear you God?” because you’ll hear Him everywhere.