There are a lot of voices that we hear on a daily basis. However, discerning the voice of God becomes the most important one that we need to focus on. Do we know what to look for? Is it the same voice for everyone? These questions and more will be answered in this week’s episode: Hearing God’s Voice in the Midst of Chaos.
- Podcast Outline
- How to Know It’s God
- How God Speaks to Me
- Truths on Hearing God’s Voice
- Samuel and the Voice of God
Part #1 Hearing God’s Voice
Good afternoon! Welcome to Valley of Grace’s Healing Our Brokenness Podcast! Today we are on episode 18, entitled, Hearing God’s Voice in the Midst of Chaos. When we think about hearing God, we often associate it with the Ten Commandments movie where God spoke to Moses on the mountain. Sometimes God is just that powerful. However, often hearing God can come in the small, subtle, or least grand ways than we expect.
So, the question that you all are probably asking is, “Well, if it is small, how will I know?”
We do three things:
- We slow down enough to hear him. If we aren’t slowed down enough, we won’t hear God, or gain clarity on anything else that is going on.
- We pray and ask God to help us to become discerning in regard to noticing his voice.
- WE look for God to speak to us in themes or patterns. This can be via sermons at church, small groups and bible studies, therapy, or via inner circle advice.
Part #2 Hearing God’s Voice
I have realized for myself that God speaks to me through my work. Since I read and listen to a lot of blogs, articles, podcasts, and sermons, God will have them to center around a certain theme for me to understand that it is something that I need to work on.
Sometimes he speaks to me in dreams to prepare me. I have heard others say that God doesn’t speak to other people in dreams as in biblical times. I beg to differ. God knows each and everyone of us by name, the number of the strands of hair that is on our heads, and the names of all the stars. I believe that God will use whatever means necessary for us to know that it is him.
A few years ago, after going through a horrific divorce, I longed to see my dad who I hadn’t been in contact with for a while. I searched for him, and unfortunately, came to a dead end. About two weeks later, I had a dream that I was with him on the bus in Chicago, and he was wearing the leather jacket that he often wore when I was a kid. I looked down at his shoes and pants, and I realized that he had the appearance of not keeping himself up. So, in the dream, I pondered over asking him if he was homeless, but I was afraid to ask. I woke up, wondering what this all meant. Less than a week later, my dad got on the bus that a family friend was driving, and he was able to connect with my aunt who brought him to my house.
The sight of him nearly made me fall to the ground. He had indeed hit hard times and was homeless for a period of nine months. God has given me a lot of situations like this to speak to me.
In several other instances, I thought that it was me being strong-willed/lazy in regard to something that someone else wanted me to do with them. I am not a strong-willed person. However, I am human, and a sinner. And like all of us broken individuals, there are things that we know that we should do, but don’t feel like doing, and we fuss and go on and do it. I thought this was the case in about three situations, then I realized my whole will had changed because God was trying to tell me that it is something that I shouldn’t be doing.
It took a while to see the pattern. They weren’t bad things. They were things that I had already dealt with in my healing. There was literally a pulling in my chest, and a feeling in my spirit that said, “No! This is not for you.” I was surprised because one time I had planned to write a certain devotion, and I felt God’s Spirit telling me, “No!”. I decided to write on a different topic that night: Handpicked by God. As I was riding in the car the following morning, I received confirmation that I made the right choice by getting a 3-minute clip on a Bible Teacher’s message. It coincided with the new devotion. The words that came out of her mouth were almost verbatim to what I had said in my devotion. I choked up with tears. What I thought was simplicity was God exemplifying that he is a God of order.
God can also have us to sense things in our spirit that something is wrong when we talk to people. Their emotions and psychological dysfunctions can enter our emotional, psychological, and spiritual space. Sometimes it takes a while to figure this out. We are usually able to detect this in patterns after a while.
A few months ago, I had the feeling that my confidence had been stripped away. This was due to the trauma and the cycle of shame that revolved around it. Even if there were things that I knew how to do, I would get afraid of not being able to do them. This is indeed a problem with trauma, where you can forget how to do certain things temporarily at any point and time. However, it isn’t often that it happens. And I realized just recently, that Satan was using this fact to create low confidence in everything that I did. Right around the time that revelation hit, I had three different instances of God speaking to me in regard to this confidence.
The first one included a conversation with someone that I met who was able to discern this. The second conversation was from someone wishing me a happy birthday, and then stating that 2019 would be the year of confidence for me. The third time was reading a book, and having a specific chapter speak on self-confidence, the importance of it, and how to lean into God’s love to get it. For some reason, I had never thought about praying for confidence.
Here are some Truths that we can meditate on when it comes to Hearing from God in the Midst of Chaos
- Being too busy will miss out on hearing God’s voice.
- If we are limited to our way, we will miss out on hearing God’s voice.
- The failure to act in obedience in the small window of time that God gives us in emergency situations may hinder us from hearing God’s voice.
- When we fail to act on God’s instructions to share what he has placed in our heart with someone else, we miss the opportunity to bless someone.
- When we fail to act on God’s instructions to share what he has placed in our heart with someone else, we also miss the opportunity of bringing possible correction or rebuke to that person on an issue that God was already trying to show them.
Part #3 Hearing God’s Voice
Samuel learned to identify God’s voice. And unfortunately, he had some sad news to give to Eli, who had neglected his duties as the person in charge of the temple in 1 Samuel 3:
And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.
And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.
And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.
And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
I have had situations where I felt God speaking to me about sharing with someone in regard to my own person struggles. However, I allowed my own shame, and the worry about other peoples’ perception of me get in the way of obedience. There have been other times that I was more afraid of ugly face crying and losing control in the process of vulnerability rather than the obedience itself. I had to speak truth to myself about this. It is sin. I am calling it what it is. When we know to do good, and we don’t do it, it is flat out sin. I hope that you have enjoyed our episode of Hearing from God in the midst of Chaos. God bless, and until next time.