The first time I felt a nudging in my heart by the Holy Spirit to write a book about hearing the voice of God, was a good 4-5 years before I even began to write it. I remember being in a cab in Las Vegas and the idea solidified. I said no.
I had too many negative feelings about the whole topic, God was going to have to find someone else.
I had been around my fair share of pentecostal preachers. I had turned on TBN in the wee hours of the night. I have seen the melodramatic preachers on television telling people that God told them this and God told them that…. They come across as incredibly fake, insincere and emotionally manipulative. I wanted nothing to do with them. I certainly wasn’t going to write a book about hearing God (obviously this story changed down the road) – God forbid anyone consider me in the camp with those people.
I have no doubt you feel the same way.
Many people I talk to about learning to hear God’s voice seem to have shied away from it because of one common fear: being considered flaky.
This is an understandable fear and a good and healthy one when learning to hear His voice. If just everyone would have this fear, we’d have a lot less flakiness in the body of Christ.
But even if you fear the flakiness, don’t throw the baby away with the bath water and shy away from hearing His voice because of it. It could be a fatal mistake. There are ways to learn to hear Him without learning in front of the public eye. You can practice on your own (and I show you how in the book) without involving other people. And here’s some good news for those of you who are afraid God will tell you something about another person and expect you to share it: He usually doesn’t. Many people come across flaky because they haven’t learned when to share something God has shown them and when to keep quiet. They also make the mistake of sharing what they think God has told them when He really hasn’t. There are ways to know when He’s speaking and when He’s not, but many people haven’t learned how to do this. I’m going to write another blog post on this topic soon…
So DESPITE THE FLAKY PEOPLE…I would dare to say the success of your life depends on how well you learn to hear Him. There is clearly something going on behind the scenes of our every day life of large eternal proportions. First Corinthians 13:12 says that “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” So in our current life we are blinded to the full truth of what is really going on. It’s currently difficult to see the big picture, we can only see hints of it. That means we are walking around spiritually blind, which means we need to hear His voice clearly to navigate our path.
Second Corinthians 5:7 says that we live by faith and not by sight. This tells me that we must learn to trust that God knows more and sees better than we do.
Romans 8:23-24 says, “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” So, our bodies need to be redeemed. That means they are currently broken. It means that when the curse came on Adam and Eve and all mankind it affected our physical bodies. So we’re still in the middle of the story. Earth isn’t our final destination. This life isn’t our goal. We shouldn’t be thinking of ourselves only to “live a good life” before we die. Instead this life is temporary. It’s more of a boot camp. We’re here in brokenness to learn to trust in God and to learn to hear His voice. When He returns, scripture suggests our bodies will be like His: incorruptible, powerful, spiritual, physical, eternal, not broken, beautiful and glorious. (1 Cor 15:52-58, 2 Cor 5:1-5, Is 35:3-5, Zech. 9:16-17, Mal 3:16-17, Ps. 17:15).
We’re still in the middle of the story that’s being told. And in this story, mankind, while broken and under the curse, is being tested. It’s a difficult road and a difficult life and thank God it is not the end all! But while we are walking this road essentially blind, Jesus has said that “my sheep hear my voice and they follow me.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” So there is purpose to life and at the end there is a prize or reward of some kind. We need to learn how to run this race well so that we win the prize. We don’t want to run aimlessly and fail the test!
Runners who win races have trainers. They have coaches who know the track and know what is needed to get around that track successfully. Being able to hear God’s voice clearly is just like having a trainer in this life. Since we walk blindly, we need the voice of the One who can see the path we are running. The Bible says the Spirit of God is poured out onto all flesh. I personally believe our atoms are held together by the power of the living God. We are His, He is ours. We cannot separate ourselves from His love or presence (though sometimes we try). To develop the ability to hear His voice is to tune in to that personal trainer who is going to warn us when potholes are in the track. He’s going to tell us to step around them so we don’t get hurt. He’s going to lead us (beside still waters – Ps. 23:2) and speak encouragement to us (Jeremiah 29:11) and help us navigate this crazy brokenness we live in so that at the end we win the prize.
Don’t let a few flakes stop you from learning to hear the voice of the ultimate personal trainer. Learn to hear His voice so that you can walk through life with a better relationship with God, more confidence in your decisions, and security in your steps.
Wendy Selvig is the author of Snatchproof, The Art of Hearing God’s Voice published by Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson. If you’d like to order a copy online, you can do it here: Westbow Press Bookstore. It is also available on Kindle HERE. If you’d like a signed copy, email the author at Selvigfamily@gmail.com and pay that email address through PayPal. To do it that way, the cost is $11.95 plus shipping for a total of $15.50.