My husband recently attended a breakfast where police officers demonstrated their K9 officer dogs. These dogs were purchased at great cost to the department. They require extensive training and maintenance. When they are paired with the officer and complete their training, they will only listen to that one officer’s voice. The dog will not obey the commands of another person, not even another police officer. They only listen for that one voice.
In our Christian walk with God, we want to listen for just God’s voice. But we often invite and entertain other opinions and perspectives that can drown out God’s voice, with voices full of fear, selfishness, and doubt. How can we listen better to God? Here are scriptures on hearing God’s voice that may help us in listening for God and hearing His voice.
Please note that I am not someone who feels that God talks audibly to me, but rather that He speaks to my heart and my mind. I’ll be sharing from that perspective today.
Believers hear God’s voice
In John 10:27-28 NASB1995 we read, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me, and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” We hear God’s voice because we belong to Him and believe in Him. As we get to know God and His Word more and more, we are able to identify what thoughts and actions of ours match with what He would say to us.
God wants us to keep listening
It can be difficult to remember something if we’ve only heard it once. Hebrews 2:1 ESV reminds us, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” We need to keep reading the Bible and studying His Word.
We can hear God through His Word
Romans 10:17 ESV tells us, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Jesus’ message and the Gospel wasn’t just for those who lived with Him in the first century A.D. We can hear God’s Word and have faith.
He wants us to hear His voice and accept His invitation
We read in Revelations 3:20 ESV, “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
We need to not only listen, but also act
We are reminded in James 1:22 NIV, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” We hear God in His Word, but if we don’t obey, we aren’t really listening to Him.
I pray that these scriptures on hearing God’s voice encouraged you today! For further reading, check out Trusting God’s Promises.