While even many Christians profess that they cannot hear God, God is speaking and once we learn how He speaks we find that we have been hearing all along. Even those who do not see themselves as people of faith often have had experiences of hearing Him in some form or fashion. Once they are awakened to His reality, they realize just how much He has been with them before they even knew Him.
God has always been a relational God. The Trinity is proof of this. God is all about having intimate community and that involves communication. When He created the first couple, He spent time walking with them in the cool of the evening through the Garden of Eden. This was the ideal to have His creation have personal communion with Him. When sin entered the world it became difficult for us to hear Him. Our connection was no longer pure and unbridled by the bondage of sin.
Now, for most, our hearing is faulty and we do not perceive well the voice of the Lord. However, the good news is that He is the way back to that communion with Him. Jesus did the work necessary to redeem what was lost and open up the communication again. When we live in relationship with Him we learn His voice just as a baby learns his parent’s voice and can distinguish it from others. Just the same, we learn the sound of our Father’s voice. The more time we spend with Him the more fine tuned our hearing gets.
God is speaking to each of us to come near and receive His grace and love. He is also speaking to help direct our path to the good path. We do have a responsibility to listen. He doesn’t make us listen. Sometimes people will hear of the rare story where God really jolted their hearing to realize that He was talking. But most the time it is a partnership of relationship. To hear without the relationship would not usually be beneficial to us. The greater the relationship grows the greater He can trust us with what He wants to say.
Just like a little child cannot learn all the wisdom from his parents while he is learning to walk, but as he masters walking, talking, and takes on more and more responsibility of being alive the more he can be trusted with the wisdom of living. The key is not to blame God or ourselves for not hearing. Blame was dealt with once and for all at the Cross. Blame need not be shouldered upon ourselves; we just simply need to start today afresh. Start today spending time with Jesus. Start today listening.
Listen not with your natural ears, but with your spirit. Listen with your heart. What is He saying? Don’t try to see a vision, or hear audible sounds. Just wait and reflect quietly upon Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to come and wash you in His love. Just sit, listen on the inside. You may not hear right now while you sit, but that time spent will be instrumental in hearing later when you least expect it. You may be in the shower or writing a composition and suddenly knowledge will fill you that you know is coming from an external source right into your being. Listen and then write it down. This helps you to later remember God is speaking to you. Don’t try to hear, just rest and His presence will carry to you His words for you. He is speaking, just rest in Him and listen.