Have you ever asked any of these questions:
- Does God have anything to say to me?
- Is God trying to tell me something?
- How do I know if God is speaking to me?
The short answers are:
- He does.
- He is.
- Learn to hear His voice.
Yes. God speaks to His children in a million different ways and about many different things.
Why should we care about hearing from God?
That’s easy…so we can bring glory to His name by being obedient to His will.
How do we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, when He speaks and what He says?
The answer to that question is both simple and complicated. The simple answer is – we have to be familiar with His voice.
The complicated part is HOW we become familiar with His voice. (But it’s only complicated because we make it that way).
We become familiar with His voice the same way we learn anyone’s voice: by listening to Him speak.
- Walk and talk with Him.
- Pray to Him.
- Read His Word.
You probably know about those. If you’ve been to church or to a Bible study or Sunday school, it’s likely someone has told you those things. But there is another way to learn to hear from God, to familiarize yourself with His voice:
Work with Him.
That’s what Samuel did in 1 Samuel 3:1a – “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli”. The Bible doesn’t say exactly what Samuel was doing, but we know he was helping in the temple in some way. And one night, the Lord called to Samuel by name…
I want that. Don’t you? I want to hear God calling my name. So, I want to know, How do we minister to God?
When we minister, we give help, serve, offer ourselves or our services. When we minister, we are sent to others, we supply something to meet a need, provide something, attend to someone, take care of someone, show care or concern for someone…
That tells me, if we’re ready to hear from God, we need to be in His service – attending to Him, caring for Him, helping Him. This means that we serve others. In serving others, we serve God. In ministering to others, we minister to God.
When we are God’s hands and feet in the world, when we work with Him, we will start to hear from Him. We will hear from Him and talk with Him so much, we will know His voice when He calls us.
How can you serve God where you are right now? In your family? In your circle of friends? At your job? At your child’s school? Ask God to show you what to do, where to go, and how to minister to Him by ministering to others. Then, be ready to listen to what He has to say to you while you work.
Thank you for choosing me and making me your child. Thank you for desiring a relationship with me. Thank you for loving me so much that you sent your Son to die for me.
Forgive me when I don’t honor that sacrifice. Forgive me when I don’t glorify your name with my life.
Help me to bring you glory, Lord. Show me what it is you want me to do to minister to others. Show me how to care for you by caring for others. Show me where to serve. Show me where to help. Show me where to minister. I want to hear your voice, Lord. I want to be in service to you.