What does it mean to hear from God?
With the announcement of Kevin’s departure, there has been a lot of talk of “hearing from God": Kevin and his family hearing the call from God to go, family and friends hearing affirmation from God for the Crawfords to go, and even the Brookside elders looking to the body of Christ to see what they are hearing from God as we move forward.
Christian, do you know that this includes you? This is not a practice set aside for the holiest of holies or the super-spiritual. This is you, my dear friend, and anyone else who knows God. In John 14, Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (v. 15-17). The Holy Spirit, the Helper, is with you! You! He is with YOU! There may be days or times where that feels more apparent than others, but he is there, through the good and the bad. This Spirit is what leads/guides/speaks/teaches us.
There is no magical formula for hearing from God. There is no right way to commune with our Father. We can pray and listen with our eyes wide open. There is a time and place for stillness, solitude, and fasting. Is God impressing that on your heart? Are you following that lead, or keeping it at a distance in fear? There is really one step to take, and that is to intentionally set aside time to talk to God and to listen. It’s ok to have really simple prayers, like “Here I am God, I’m thinking about this subject” and then sitting quietly, listening, and just being with God. Again, this doesn’t have to look any certain way and it doesn’t have to be in a specific place or state of being. It’s about wherever you are, intentionally seeking out God. He always shows up. I believe if we open our minds, eyes, and ears, to look for him, we will find him.