“God is always speaking 24:7, 365 days a year”
God has always spoken to me in unique ways. Through movies, billboards, license plates, numbers, animals, nature, and other ways, we have our own little communication thing between us. I didn’t always understand, but once I knew how He had wired me, things began to make more sense of how He wanted to communicate with me. He talks to me in what I call “Julie Speak.” Sometimes I will be driving and see a license plate or a sign and start to giggle and think, I see you Lord. Sometimes, I have an impression in my spirit, and I stop to hear Him speak. I make sure I write down what I am seeing and any impressions I may have at that time. If I need clarification, I ask Him later as I pray and go over my notes.
God also speaks to me through His written Word. I love holding my bible with a pen in hand, waiting to underline something. I put dates by verses that He highlights to me so that when I come back to them, I can see when it was God spoke to me about it. It is amazing how you can read a scripture over and over and then suddenly it jumps out at you like you are reading it for the first time!
God has wired each one of us to communicate with Him in our own special way. How He created you is how He wants to communicate with you! There is no formula or template to follow to hear His voice. We just need to hang out with Him to know Him. We need to be in the Word daily and have fellowship with Him. Here’s an example: If someone was married and they never spent time with that person, they wouldn’t know them. If they never spoke to them or knew anything about them, they wouldn’t be able to communicate with them. They probably wouldn’t recognize their voice, trust, or follow them. In John 10:27 Jesus says: “My sheep hear (listen) to my voice, I know them, and they follow me.”
If you want to know God’s voice you need to be willing to hear and “listen.” You need to spend quality time with Him. Yes, reading the Word is good but He wants us to literally hang out and “be” with Him.
Remember the story of Mary and Martha? In Luke 10:41-42 Mary and Martha, (who were sisters), opened their home to Jesus as He traveled with His disciples. Martha immediately went to work getting all the preparation ready. When Jesus arrived, Martha stayed busy with all the preparations and Mary simply sat. Here is a key point that sometimes we miss: Both women were invited to sit at Jesus feet but only one sat. Mary chose to just “be” with Jesus and listen. She wanted to hear Wisdom speak. Mary soaked in every moment with Jesus and Martha couldn’t think past cooking and cleaning. Martha quickly became frustrated with her sister and complained to Jesus. Jesus replied to her “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Jesus said only one thing was needed — to be with Him.
What would your first inclination be? Would you be so caught up in the preparations, or would you spend time with Jesus? Martha had wonderful hospitality, but she got lost in the distractions. Jesus gently reminded her that preparations are great, but her focus should be on building a relationship with Him, like Mary did.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He cares for and tends His sheep. Sheep know the shepherd’s voice. If you see a true shepherd in action, the minute the sheep hear the shepherd’s voice they turn and run to him. They know he will take care of them, and their life will be better if they follow him. If we are truly Jesus’s sheep, then we will know His voice. When He calls, we will find time each day to come before Him in prayer and conversation. We will find time to be in the Word so we can receive the instructions for life.
If you were to follow me around for a day, you would find that I talk out loud all day long. I talk to myself, I talk to my cat Belle, and I am always talking out loud to the Lord. I pray out loud, I sing out loud, I pray in my prayer language out loud, and I am in constant conversation with God throughout my day. I ask him a million questions about everything. When I’m in my car I am always talking to Him too because He talks to me through the world around me. Most importantly, I listen.
What is your God language? How does God speak to you? God is always speaking 24:7, 365 days a year. If you can’t hear God right now, are you letting the distractions and preparations of the world take too much of your time that could be spent hanging out with Jesus? Remember, it’s not a formula, it’s a relationship. As you spend time with Jesus, you KNOW His voice, and you want to follow Him.
As the end of 2021 draws to a close, may we recognize and put away all distractions that might be keeping us from hearing and following Jesus, the Good Shepherd. We will listen for and hear His voice, another voice we will not follow!
Next year will be great, as God leads us and guides us in the way that we should go!