Sometimes it can be tricky to understand or be sure of what God is saying to us. For some of us we can’t make out what the ‘voice’ in our head is saying, but I’ve come to realise it hearing from God is not just about a voice. I was especially reminded of this as I was reading my toddler a bedtime story about the different ways God speaks to us.
God can speak to us through nature, a friend, provision, His Word, dreams and many other ways. If you’d like to begin teaching your children about this, be sure to check out Rainbow Moments by Nikki Rogers. I’ve also interviewed her.
Oftentimes God will show us to do something or not to by an inner peace. If we are unsettled in our gut, this can be a sign not to do something. For example, when my husband and I moved from NSW to QLD, we loaded up our old vintage caravan full of books and other belongings. Stephen felt very uneasy about towing it, although he had put truck tyres on it for the trip. Just 20 minutes into our 8 hour trip, the entire wheel on one side flew off into a paddock, leaving our axel dragging along the highway. We spent nearly a whole day by the side of the road.
We now abide by the saying “no peace, no go”. If we are unsettled about something we sit down and go pray until we feel we have an answer about our situation even if that means changing our plans.
The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Col 3:15 GNT
God also speaks to us through dreams and de ja vu. I’ve had many dreams of God warning me not to go somewhere OR giving insight into strategies for breakthrough, new seasons, new assignments, etc. De Ja Vu can be quite similar, a little instance of feeling as though we’ve been in situation before. My husband calls them prophetic fast forwards and God used it to help him save someone’s life.
Ultimately we must base our ‘hearing from God’ on His Word.
God can give us a little idea to do something, an idea that won’t go away, a prompt to speak to someone, or even pull over on the side of the road and have a sleep. He prompted my Dad to do this and it saved Dad from being crushed by boat that had fallen off the back of a truck.
“If we live by the spirit, let us then walk in the Spirit” Galatians 5:25
Here are a few thoughts from a friend, Roslyn Hartwig on hearing from God:
“One of the most recognised ways to do this is to hear what God says and then to obey and do it. To hear in this way implies words, but is hearing of words (either in your spirit, through the Bible or audibly) the only the way?
I have often wondered why I don’t ‘hear’ God very often. It has only been recently that I have realised that being led by the Spirit is not always about words heard in your head. Sometimes, it is action with conscious thought.
An article I read recently explains it quite well, in that talking is sometimes too slow, the better we get at something, the less the need for talking, we don’t change gears driving while talking ourselves through it.
The saying ‘actions speak louder than words’ is, I think, just as true in this context. When we allow the Spirit to flow through our minds and bodies without explanation or reasoning it with our minds first, God can use us to do His will without hindrance. So often when we think it over, we allow fear to come to the fore and then we hesitate to do what we know to do.
Allow God to touch your spirit first, body second. Do not try to explain and reason these actions away with your mind. This is not necessary and can be counter productive to the way of God and the Holy Spirit. Listen with your spirit only and answer Him with actions; not explanations.