Have you ever wondered how some people just seem to hear from God? Or, have you ever thought why doesn’t God speak to me?
You may even believe the lie that God would not want to speak to you at all and if He did it would only be to tell you off!
First of all let me say that there are some big fat, whopping lies in those thoughts you may be having! God chose you because He adores you and He wants to partner with you and use you to be His voice and show His love to the world. God is a loving father and wants to teach you and help you become all He has called you to be and not to tell you off! He is the most perfect example of a loving parent you could ever imagine and He wants to help you become more like His son Jesus, little by little, day by day.
To be able to do this He needs to talk with you and for you to listen for His still small voice in the everyday. The best way to hear God is to spend time with Him in the ‘Secret Place’. This is the place where you and God can spend quality time together, uninterrupted.
Ps 91:1. ‘He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty.’
I love this description as it speaks of an intimacy and this is what it’s all about for having a relationship with God where you can hear Him and you can talk to Him in a two way chat with your ‘dad’. This is where you learn to listen to Him and you need to be still and allow time where you are unhindered or distracted by all the other ‘stuff’.
If you have more time available to you it’s great to spend time ‘soaking’ with God and enjoying just being in His presence. I wrote about this in my last blog and it’s brilliant to develop this discipline in your life to really allow yourself time to marinate in His presence.
Everybody has their own ‘special place’ that they can escape to where they can be still and ready to hear from God.
Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’.
When I spend time with God I have found having a notebook to hand is helpful for two reasons:
One, so I can record what God says as it’s so easy to forget after the moment has passed, even if you think you won’t.
Two, if I have other thoughts (which often happens as memories from the day rush in or things to do pop into my head) that keep invading my head space I write them down so I can focus back on Him and come back to those thoughts later.
I personally love writing down or ‘journaling’ with God and if you are going to try this I recommend you date your journals so you can look back and see when God spoke to you, about what and as a visible reminder to yourself that you are hearing from Him. It also helps build your faith and practise gratitude as you see His work in your life and through you.
I have become a big fan of journaling and as I have got more into writing down my thoughts and feelings and what God is saying I have started drawing in my journals too (I am a visual learner and this is often how God speaks to me).
I have recently come across some great ‘journallers’on Insta, who illustrate their bibles as they feel God speak to them through the scriptures. They are absolutely stunning to look at. I find them very inspirational and I love to be creative so they tick all the boxes for me.
Go and have a look yourself, just type ‘Illustrated faith’ or ‘messy bible’ on Insta or Google and prepare to be amazed!
Until next time, go and enjoy some quiet time with God and write down what you hear!