5 signs god is speaking to you
We live in a time and space that is noisy and busy. It is hard for anyone to hear anything clearly, and even more difficult when the thing that is to be heard is as delicate as a whisper. That being so, Christians all over the world still have one thing in common: the desire to hear from God. But what are the signs that God is speaking to you?
1. God speaks through His Word, the Bible
First and foremost, God speaks to us through the Bible. As 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. If you want to hear God speak, read the Bible.
When you spend time reading and studying the Scriptures, God will enlighten you to His ways and His thoughts. Sometimes, you might even come across a verse that seems to directly answer a problem you’ve been dealing with, or provides insight into a situation you’re going through. That’s no coincidence – that’s God speaking to you through His word.
2. God speaks through a ‘still small voice’
There are moments in our lives when we feel prompted or convicted to do something, and these feelings often can’t be shaken off. It’s that ‘still small voice’ which Elijah heard (1 Kings 19:12) – a whisper of God. While these impressions can be more subjective than the objective truth of the Bible, they still serve as a powerful way that God can speak to us.
The challenge here is learning how to distinguish God’s voice from our own thoughts. One good rule of thumb is that if the prompt aligns with Scripture and promotes love and goodness, it’s likely from God.
3. God speaks through people
In many instances in the Bible, God spoke to people through other people. In Acts 9, for example, Ananias heard from the Lord in a vision that he was to go and lay hands on Saul (later Paul), so that he would regain his sight.
While we need to be discerning in whose counsel we listen to, godly advice from wise, trustworthy friends, mentors and leaders in our life often is God speaking to us.
4. God speaks through circumstances
The course of our lives isn’t haphazard. God has a plan and a purpose for each of us, and the circumstances that happen in our lives can be ways that He’s trying to get our attention.
However, this doesn’t mean that every circumstance is a sign from God, as many things are the consequences of our decisions or the reality of living in a fallen world. However, it does mean that in everything, God is with us and can use all things for good.
5. God speaks through peace
The peace that God gives is different from the world’s peace. It’s a deep-seated sense of tranquility that comes even in the midst of chaos and storms. This peace, which passes all understanding, can guide our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
If you’re contemplating a decision, and you have a peace about one choice more than the others, that could be a sign God is leading you in that direction.
In conclusion, hearing God speak to you is not about spectacular signs and wonders. Most of the time, it’s about quiet whispers, circumstances that make you pause and think, or that peaceful feeling you can’t shake off.
To my Christian brothers and sisters around the world, we are blessed because we are never alone. Our God, the God of the Universe, not only listens to us, but also speaks to us. My hope and prayer for all of us is that we become more sensitive to God’s voice.
That means taking time to be quiet, meditate on His word, and be willing to listen. Whether God is calling us to step out in faith, warning us from potential harm, or just wants to assure us of His love – let’s open our ears, hearts, and minds to hear what He has to say. And once we hear Him speak, let’s have the courage and obedience to act on what He has told us.
The world can be noisy, yes. But when we learn how to tune our ears and hearts, we’ll be surprised how God’s voice rings clearly above the din. May you hear Him today.
God is ever ready to speak to us, we just need to create the room and the silence for His voice to be heard. The responsibility, therefore, lies with us. Will we turn the volume of the world down, to listen to the One who loves us most? Listen attentively, God is speaking!
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