How’s it going welcome to the second part of the series on God’s Calling. In the last post, we looked at some thoughts about God’s calling form Christians who answered it. (If you want to see that post, click here!)
In the Christian world, there are lots of stories about great men and women of faith who broke the norms, defied the odds, and died in their pursuit of obedience to God. Although it sometimes can seem like it, these men and woman didn’t just wake up one day ready to take on the world. But just like the twelve disciples of Jesus, God placed them through training and help them develop into the people they became. We don’t often think of our Christian walks as training, but that’s literally what it is. God is molding and shaping you into a new person, one that is the perfect image of his Son. Now If you want God to be able to change you, effectively, you need to learn how to communicate with him. Hearing God is something that a lot of Christians struggle with. So In this post, we will be looking into the question, how do I hear from God?
Lest start off by talking about the different ways God speaks to us. By my count, there are 10 ways that God talks to us. Or, at least, these are the 10 most common ways that people report hears from God. I divided these into two categories. General Communication and Personal Communication. The general ways are as follows, Nature (the moral law and the universe), the Bible, The Church (the Christians who make up the church), Eternity in our Hearts, and Our Consciences. The Personal ways are, Convictions, Vision, Feeling Drawn or Pushed, Open and Closed Doors, and Audibly. (If you disagree with any of the ways listed. That’s cool, just know that I only listed ways that are, both, reported by Christians and are mentioned in scripture. If you think I missed one please leave it in the comments.)
Now the difference between the two groups is in the names of the categories. There are certain ways that God has communicated with all of humanity (General Communication). And there are ways that God communicates, which are more personal (Personal Communication).
So as we have seen God speaks to us in a variety of ways. But this still doesn’t answer the question. In fact, it kinda confuses the situation even more. After all, if God is apparently super vocal, why is it that so many people have trouble hearing from him? I call this the “if not, why not” question. If God can communicate clearly with me, why doesn’t he?
Well, I think when we ask the question, why isn’t God talking to me? Were looking at the situation the wrong way around. Let me say it like this, God is under NO obligation to talk to you and he doesn’t have to operate on our time scale.
God speaks to us how he wants, where he wants, and when he wants. Because of this, more often than not, I have found that the reason I didn’t hear God was because I was not listening for him. A great example of this is in 1 Samuel 3. Samuel heard Gods’ voice, but because he was listening for his mentor Eli and not for God. He thought it was Eli calling him. There have been many times that I have mistaken the calling of God for something else or missed it entirely, all because I wasn’t listening. If we want to hear from God, we need to be listening for him.
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”Colossians 4:2
This leads us into, I think, the most important point. If you want to have good communication with God you need to get to know him. This means Praying, a lot, ask him how he would handle this or that situation, ask him to tell you what he thinks about this or that, and ask for his help. After you’ve asked, be looking for his answer. We see David set this example for us.
“In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”Psalms 5:3
Now, If you don’t have a deep relationship with God then most likely he won’t answer you in one of the personal ways. That kind of communication usually come latter, for reasons we will talk about next Saturday. Remember, he is under no obligation to talk to you in the way or time you would prefer. However he wants to talk to you and he has not left you high and dry, after all, he wrote down all of his thoughts in 66 books. Reading the Bible is one of the best ways to get to know God. So, all in all, if you want to learn how to hear God’s calling, start off by taking the time to Pray, Read, learn, and Listen.
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