3 Ways to Hear From God
According to scripture, we are made in the image and likeness of God. Genesis 1:26–27 says,
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
And as an image bearer of God, we are designed to communicate with Him, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ. And we are created with the ability to hear from Him in many ways. Our spirit bears witness to this and we can see a model in the natural world which also testifies to this truth.
Of course, the best way to hear from God is through His Word. The Holy Bible was written as an infallible truth. That means that regardless of the human being that actually put pen to paper, you can trust that the God of the Universe oversaw the project through His Holy Spirit. In three different verses, we are told not to add to the Word nor take away from it. It seems legitimate that if you believe God made man, then you can also believe He would be able to communicate with man in a way that is incorruptible. But for many, reading the Word of God is not a priority. So God made many other ways to communicate with His creation: us.
#1 Use Your “Eye Gates”
Our eyes take in information through light rays like film records what a camera focuses on. Images are transformed into electrical impulses that are carried from nerves in our eyes to the brain. The Bible refers to our eyes as “eye gates” because we should treat the eye as an opening to our brain and thought life.
Through our eyes we take in all the beauty (or ugliness) of the world around us. My father lives in in the northern part of Arizona. There the beauty of God’s creation towers over you like the red sandstone boulders that line the Grand Canyon. Our rivers, mountains, and oceans provide the same sense of connection to God through the majesty of their being. As moon and sun progress in a cycle of seasons, so do our eyes feast on what God has made and in that we hear from Him. Isaiah 6:3 says “the whole earth is full of His glory.”
What does creation tell us from God? It tells us that not only did He make nature as a gift and tool for us, He made it perfect in harmony with signs and seasons that can be counted on. The sun will rise today, we don’t have to wonder about it. In fact, it will set in a predictable time as well. Scientists have recorded the patterns God created and they happen, over and over again like clockwork (pun intended). This lets use know that God is a God of order. He is a God of details. He is a planner and an inventor. Creation gives us characteristics of Our Father and spending time in nature allows you to glean even more about God from a place of quietness in it.
#2 Use Your “Ear Gates”
As a teacher I am always telling students to listen. Yes, listening is something that happens naturally in humans, but what I’m referring to is active listening. Like eye gates, ear gates also are openings to our brain. So much so that in our hearing comes understanding, confusion, inspiration, action, and emotion. We hear things all the time that spark something inside of us even if it is just an active thought. I consider it to be the match that is stuck on the sandpaper of our conscience. Music is a great way to understand the power of the ear gates. Because through music we can experience a plethora of emotions.
Music is also a great way to hear from God. A praise song brings a sensing of God because God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Our spirit testifies, or confirms, what we hear. Inspired Christian artists give us a curriculum of sorts for hearing from God. But even in spoken word that edifies you, you can actually hear the Father’s heart.
His plan is to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11) and to make a way for us. So any word spoken over you with that same purpose is like hearing from God. Even our spiritual ears (our intuition if you will) are tuned to hear from God. This morning I woke up to the song Moving Forward by Israel Houghton. In my inner, or spiritual, ears the chorus “you make all things new” was playing on repeat. That was the Lord communicating with me through His Spirit in a way that I could hear.
#3 Let Your Mouth Do The Talking
When you talk to God, He talks back. Starting a dialogue with God, either outta desperation (God, if you get me through this I promise I will…)
Out of need. God if you just do this for me I will…
Out of relationship. God what do have for me today.
Regardless of the position we approach God from, He really designed us to be in constant communication with Him. And I believe, just like a parent dealing with my children, that when we approach God He listens.
A couple of years ago, I heard God say that He listens to every word we speak. He is attentive to us in a way it is hard to imagine. But if we consider all the amazing things that have been orchestrated on behalf of mankind we can also recognize the fact that God is listening. Take a chance to start a dialogue with Him, especially if you never have before. Then expect Him to respond. You might be shocked to realize how much He wants to say.
So that’s it. The ways we hear from God are the same ways we take in information from anyone else. We are made in His image. This is not a mystical or magical thing. God wants to talk to you. His desire is for you. And there is nothing more important to Him than you. Everything He has done has been done for you.