I'd like to extend a warm welcome to those of you who are visiting, especially if you have just read my devotion on Proverbs 31 about hearing God Speak. I also have a post on At the Well today, and want to welcome any visitors from that site as well.
In my P31 devotion today, I wrote about a time in my life when I started hearing God speak to me. I'm so used to it now, that it's hard to remember the time before. But for many, many years, I never expected God to speak to me with a specific message. And I never asked Him to either.
It didn't have anything to do with my level of faith, or passion for Christ. During those years I was on fire for God, and served Him in many areas. And now, that I heard God's voice on a regular basis, I don't think I'm a "better" Christian than before. I don't think I'm more spiritual. I've just think I've learned something new.
To hear God's voice I need to position myself in a place of quiet.
This is repeated through the Bible. Moses heard God speak in the wilderness and on top of a mountain. Mary heard God speak through an angel when she was alone. Jesus went off by Himself to pray and hear from His Father. They were positioned geographically in a place of quiet. And quiet of many kinds seems to be an important ingredient in hearing from God.
Sometimes God speaks to people when they are in a place of emotional quiet. Loneliness can put us in that place. Peace can put us in that place. Ceasing to strive can put us in that place.
Sometimes God speaks to people when they are in a place of spiritual quiet. This is a place I choose to go when I need to hear from God. This is when I stop presenting Him with a to-do list in my prayers. This is when I ask Him to speak and just wait. And wait. And wait some more.
In a place of spiritual quiet I'm leaning in to hear God's whisper. I'm attuned to see the supernatural in the natural. I'm expectant of heart. I long. I listen. And then, sometimes, clearly, sometimes faintly, I hear.
How do I know it's God? Well, it's always different. I always know it's NOT God when it doesn't line up with Scripture or it sends me in a selfish direction. While God has directed me to focus on myself at times, it's never at the expense of others. Usually, I know it's God when it confirms Scripture, brings good to someone else, encourages me in obedience to something I've already heard, and/or it pushes me out of my comfort zone.
This past weekend at She Speaks, Karen Ehman challenged us to fast from somethings so we can feast on others. In my case, 12 years ago, God decided I needed to fast from just about everything so I could hear from Him. It worked! Now, I choose to fast. (In part so God doesn't need to take any more drastic measures with me ... smile).
I choose to fast from too much activity, from busyness, from demanding my own way, and often from noise. Even though I work at home, most days I work in silence ... until 2:20 p.m. when the first of my five joys comes home from school. This weekend, I "heard" God tell me to fast from the morning news. I'm guessing He needs to talk to me then.
I've learned a lot about hearing from God from my friend Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa has some incredible, miraculous stories about how God used her when she simply positioned herself in a position to hear, and then obeyed. If you read my devotion, you know she's connected to my first experience in hearing God speak to me. I'm not surprised He would connect me with Lysa since she's been an inspiration to me since I've met her.
What Happens When Women Say Yes to God." You can enter to win by posting a comment on my blog today. I'll pick someone to win at 5 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday 8/4, so make sure you leave a way for me to contact you. I'll post the winner on my blog on Thursday. Thank you Lysa!
Thanks so much for joining me today.
In His Love,