How cool would it be to hear God actually talk to you? Anytime you faced temptation, trials, crossroad moments or a difficult situation, you could “call” God and hear what He had to say. I would say many followers of Christ desire to hear God and know His voice but many on a daily basis don’t hear from Him. So, how can we as believers learn to hear God’s voice on a daily basis? Or can you and I hear God’s voice on a daily basis?
I would submit that you and I can hear from God on a daily basis. This happens through daily reading the Bible. The Bible is the primary way that God speaks and communicates with us. He speaks through the Bible through the partnership of the Holy Spirit to enable us to understand and hear from Him. While there are other ways that God does communicate with believers, the Bible is the main way that He speaks to us. “All 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 Tim. 3:16-17).” Paul tells us that every word, phrase and sentence contained in the Bible comes from God Himself. While there are different men who wrote it, the Holy Spirit directed and guided them to pen down the very words and thoughts of God (2 Peter 1:21). So that means every time you and I open up the Bible, we are actually reading the very words of God! The best way to hear from God is to read the Bible.
If you have grown up in church, I know that you have heard someone tell you that you need to read the Bible. And whoever told you that was right. It is important for believers to read the Bible on a daily basis. However, sometimes reading the Bible can feel like a burden or just another check list for the day (I feel this way sometimes). So for the rest of this blog I want to share with you a few truths and tips that have helped me read the Bible daily and hear from Him.
1) God wants to talk to you
What an awesome truth. God desires to talk to you! The God of the Bible is a talking God. He is the God that speaks. You see this all throughout the Bible starting with Genesis 1:3. The only reason that you and I can have a relationship with God or know anything about Him is because He initiated the conversation. God desires for you to know Him and hear from Him. That is why He gave us His word! So that you and I could know Him and hear what He has to say to us.
2) Pray before you open the Bible
One of the best things to do before you even open up the Bible to read is to pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you and speak you through the Word. One of my favorite Scriptures to pray before I open my Bible is Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”
3) Slow Down
One of the reasons we don’t hear from the Lord very much is because we are so busy. We never stop and quiet ourselves to sit in His presence and hear from Him. One of the things I have to tell myself often is that slowing down and spending time with the Lord in His Word is the most important thing I can do all day. I need to remember what Jesus spoke to Martha who was busy doing good stuff, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
One of the best resources and way that I have found to study the Bible is from Robby Gallaty. Check out his website here: http://replicate.org/2016/10/25/what-is-a-hear-journal/. He uses the acronym H.E.A.R to guide in studying the Bible and maximizing our time in the Word. As you go through your Bible reading plan, books of the Bible or certain passages each week, this acronym provide a great plan to study and journal as you walk through the Bible.
H- Highlight some verses that pop out at you through your reading.
E- Explain what those verses mean. Who wrote it? What’s the context? etc.
A- Apply what the passage means to your life.
R- Respond to what the Lord is telling you to do.
I pray that we would be people that hear from the Lord. That we would be people of the Word. And that God would create in us a desire to study and read His Word!