Listening to the Voice of God, by Daniella Whyte

listen1Scripture Says: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” – Isaiah 6:8

A lot of people think that because God is a spirit and not a human being that He does not speak to us. In a way that is true, and in a way that is not true. God does not talk to you as your best friend at school does, rather He talks to you through His Holy Word–the Bible. And that is just what this article is all about.

As a young lady, in order for God to speak to you, you must read, meditate on, and obey the Word of God. The Bible contains the thoughts of God.

Everything that God wants you to know about: your purpose in life, relationships, family, faith, love, the future, and anything else, is communicated to you through His Word.

Notice these three verses from the Word of God:

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” –Psalm 119:105

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” –Joshua 1:8

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” –Psalm 119:11

Let me encourage you to make God’s Word an integral part of your life, because you will find that it will be a great source of strength and guidance to you in this world of many tempting paths. Here are some of the wonderful benefits you will receive from reading the Bible:

  • It will show you God’s plan for your life.
  • It will give you wisdom to avoid the many traps that the world has for you.
  • It will allow you to help others and to lead them to Christ.
  • It will give you something positive to think about throughout the day.
  • It will bless your heart and soul.
  • It will guide you to great success.

Here are some things that you should do before you begin to read your Bible:

Be humble enough to confess your sins to God. I John 1:9 says it best: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If you confess your sins, God will forgive you and give you a new heart and then He will be able to speak to you through His Word.

Be ready to do what the Bible tells you. Ecclesiastes 12:13 says: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” God will lead you through His Word to do what is right and to do His will and plan for your life.

Be willing to take His Word with you. Psalms 119:11 says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” The Word of God will not lead you astray. If you read it and hide it away in your heart, it will save you many heartaches and troubles because you will know what the Bible says, no matter what other people are saying or doing.

Before I go any further, let me add here, you may not be able to hear God’s voice in the midst of a lot of noise and confusion, because confusion is of the devil, and God is not the author of confusion. Oftentimes, God’s voice is heard as a “still small voice”, in the quietness of your soul.

I really like how God revealed Himself to Elijah in I Kings 19:11-20. Here is what it says: “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: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”

If Elijah had paid more attention to the boisterous wind, or the great earthquake, or the mighty fire, he would have missed the still, small, delicate whisper of God. So when you read your Bible, know that you are getting ready to hear the “whisper” of God. Don’t pay attention to the noise. Get alone and listen to God speak.

If you do not understand something ask your parents or one of your church leaders to explain it to you. They will be happy to know that you are trying to understand the Word of God for yourself.

Never start a day without reading the Bible. Never go through a day without thinking about Its words. Never end a day without reading It again.

God loves you very much and He wants to have a very special relationship with you. In relationships, you must communicate. God is the best communicator. Love His Word and listen to It carefully, and It will never lead you astray. Lovin’ the Word Always!

CELEBRATE: Get up early before anyone, when all is quiet, and get your Bible. Begin reading from any chapter, at any verse, and listen to the still, small whisper of God.

“The problem is not that God has not spoken, but that we haven’t listened.” -Max Lucado

“God speaks to those who have time to listen.”

“One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum and rush of human interests and pass on to hear the voice of God.” -Anna Julia Cooper

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