How to Hear God’s Voice From His Word:
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27).
Jesus gave us a wonderful promise in John 10:27. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Are you one of His sheep? Psalm 100:3 says, “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” If you’re a Christian – one of God’s children – then that means you’re one of His sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gave His life for His sheep (John 10:11). I want to give you this challenge: Read your Bibles, and learn to hear God’s voice!
If you want to learn to hear God’s voice, you need to read your Bible. The more familiar you are with the Bible, the better you’ll be able to recognize God’s voice when He speaks to you, because He will always say something that agrees with what’s already written in the Bible. For example, if you think God is telling you to go and kill your neighbour, you know that’s not really God speaking because God’s Word says, “Do not kill.” Here are three simple steps to hearing God’s voice from His Word.
1. Request God to speak to you.
A prayer I often pray when before I read my Bible is Ephesians 1:17-18, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” If you want to hear God’s voice, ask Him to speak to you. There is a story in the Old Testament where God began to speak to a young boy named Samuel, and Sam’s response was, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
2. Read your Bible.
I know, that sounds like that should be a given, but most people miss this one. If you don’t read your Bible, you’re never going to learn to recognize God’s voice. God’s Word is God’s will. If you want to know God’s will for your life, start reading the Bible. You’ll find that as you’re reading through the Scriptures, God will begin to speak to you and show you how to apply the Word personally to your life. Then it’s up to you to respond in obedience to what He says to you.
3. Reflect on what you’re reading.
Many people who read the Bible do so in a hurried way, rushing to get through their daily reading program, so they can go about their daily activities. However, if you want to learn to hear God’s voice, and receive wisdom and instruction from Him, you must take the time to read slowly. What kind of a man does the Bible say that God will bless? “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2).
Request (ask) God to speak to you. Read your Bible. Reflect (meditate) on what you’re reading. If you do these things, you will be well on your way to learning to recognize God’s voice. Our God is a God who speaks! Listen to hear His voice today.
Pastor Chris Jordan