Have you ever had the desire to hear God’s voice? About a year ago, I was talking with a few people on this subject. They tried teaching me the art of hearing God’s voice. I was told to close my eyes, sit in silence and clear my mind. According to them, the first thought that popped in my mind was God’s voice. I think it’s fair to say that what they believed was God’s voice were really my own thoughts. In Christian culture we blush at the thought of hearing the voice of God, but how do we genuinely hear His voice?
When I say the “voice of God,” I am referring to someone who literally hears a voice they believe to be God. (May even sound like Morgan Freeman.) Let me be clear, I have friends who, with all their heart, believe God has spoken to them. Who am I to question the validity of that? What I will say is that it’s not common for God to speak to us in this way. God’s way of communicating to us does not commonly come by way of divine revelation in which his literal voice is heard. He has another way of speaking to us; a way that is consistent, life-changing and open to the public. Here is my two-step guide to hearing the voice of God:
Step 1: Open your Bible.
Step 2: Read your Bible.
These two steps will never fail you. Many times, we over-spiritualize hearing the voice of God. We try to have an experience like Paul had on the road to Damascus. We don’t need to have an experience like Paul to hear the voice of God. All we need is God’s Word: the Bible. If you own a Bible, you have consistent access to God’s unchanging, powerful and active voice. We don’t need to look outside of Scripture to hear His voice; we need to look to Scripture.
I encourage you to pick up your Bible and read it. “Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit…discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
So, what is the two-step guide to hearing the voice of God? Open your Bible and read it.