A basic requirement for having a relationship with God is to obey His voice; Jer 7: 23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Cultivate a sensitive heart; cultivate the habit of hearing from Him daily; Jhn 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
If you want to hear God, you will need to also know His Word; Rms 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
How Can You Hear God’s Voice?
Mrk 4: 9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear and verse 23 23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
We do not hear God from your physical ears but you hear Him from the inner condition of our hearts. We need to have a hearing heart. You hear with your heart, ask God to give you a hearing heart. Prvb 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. We hear through our spirits and our hearts responds to God.
Be sensitive towards the Lord and His voice, God does not shout. During your quiet time with God, give Him your undivided attention; focus your ears and mind towards Him. Get rid of any distractions, around you and in you. You will need to look for a quiet place, Ps 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth; and wait for God. Be in an attitude of worship, attitude of reverence, pay attention and focus on God. Ps 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. 7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
Prepare your heart. God demands respect, approach Him with worship.
Moses met with God and heard Him Numbs 7:89 And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.
He met God at the second veil, at the Holy of Holies; a sacred place between the cheribum.
There is something about being alone with God, being on your own with Him and hearing Him speak to you in His still small voice. Matt 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Elijah the prophet had disgraced the prophets of Baal but after, Jezebel threatened him (1 Kgs 19: 2) he got frightened and left the area. In 1st Kgs 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
We read that God was not in the wind, nor was He in the earthquake nor in the fire but when He came, He came speaking to Elijah in that ‘still small voice’. Elijah ‘wrapped his face in his mantle’; that was a sign of worship, humility and a sign of someone who was ready to hear God. During Elijah encounter with God, God told him whom to anoint as the next king of Israel and whom to anoint as Elijah’s successor – Elisha.
As the first month is coming to an end, may we seek God more and allow Him to direct our steps as we hear from the Holy Spirit.