Summary: Discover 5 amazing benefits of hearing God's voice
The true test that we belong to God and are sons (children) of God is that we HEAR GOD.
Romans 8:14 tells us that “those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God”. To be led by someone, it means you HEAR when the person speaks that’s why following the person’s leading or instructions aren’t a problem for you. But if you can’t hear the voice of the person leading you, it will be a big problem for you to follow the person’s directions.
People are earnestly awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:22-23). They are eager to see those who don’t just follow the crowd, do what is popular or sounds rational, but actually follow the leading of God in all things. For these sons of God to come to full manifestation, they must be able to hear the voice of God. May our spiritual ears and eyes be fully open to hear when our Heavenly Father speaks so we can manifest as true sons (and daughters) of the Living God.
GOD WANTS TO SPEAK TO US
You don’t need to be a prophet for God to speak to you; you simply need to be His child. As a father talks to his children, so our Heavenly Father wants to talk to all of His children. In Jeremiah 33:3 God says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things (NIV), great and mighty things (NKJV), remarkable secrets (NLT), marvellous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own (Message Bible)”. There are so many things about our lives that we can’t figure out on our own, there are so many things we can’t see with our physical eyes which God wants to speak to us about. There are some remarkable secrets of success and the kingdom of God that our Father wants to disclose to us. God wants to sit down with us and discuss great and mighty things He wants to do in us and through us. The only way we can receive all this vital information is if we hear our Heavenly Father when He speaks.
GOD SPEAKS EVERYWHERE AND IN EVERY SITUATION
Repeatedly in scripture we come across phrases like: “The word of the Lord came to me”, “Again the word of the Lord came to me”, and “The Lord said to me”. God spoke to people regularly and in different places and situations. God to spoke to Adam and Eve in a garden (Genesis 2:16, Genesis 3:8-10), God spoke to Moses on a mountain (Exodus 3:1-21), He spoke to Jonah when Jonah was sitting under a tree (Jonah 4:6-10), and He spoke to Paul while Paul was on a road (Acts 9:1-6). This goes to show that for the kind of relationship God wants to have with us; you don’t need to be in a particular place or location before God can speak to you (John 4:20-24). God isn’t complex and complicated. He is very simple to reach and relate with. David communed with God while on his bed (Psalm 63:6). God wants to relate with us in the ordinary and simple things of life. He can have a chat with us while we are in the shower or when we are on the bus. He can engage us in a conversation as we lie on our beds, go jogging, or mop the floor. In the good times and bad times, God wants to tell us certain things. Whether we are on the mountaintop or going through a dry, valley situation, God has a thing or two to tell us.
BEGIN BY ELIMINATING THE DISTRACTIONS AND HINDRANCES
The problem is not with God speaking to us, it is with us hearing God when He speaks. Jesus told an interesting parable in Luke 8:1-14 which sheds more light on why so many of us have problems hearing God when He speaks. In that parable, Jesus was addressing the primary way God speaks to us today which is through His infallible Word. Luke 8:7 says there are some people that when God speaks to them, the voice of God actually gets choked. “Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants”. In verse 14, Jesus goes on to explain what chokes, obstructs and drowns the voice of God in these people’s lives. It is worries about today, the next day and the distant future, it is riches; having and making money, it is the pleasures of this world that cover and crowd out all God is telling them. These activities take up the space that should be given to God’s voice. God can be speaking to you but you can’t get what He is saying because your mind is clogged and distracted by so many things you are worried about. God may be speaking to you but the noise of that favourite TV series you can’t do without is preventing you from hearing what He has to say. God can be relaying a very important message to you which you need to urgently act on, but His voice is so faint that you can hardly hear what He is saying because all your attention is on a business contract you are pursuing.