Learning to Listen


Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away. (Luke 8:18)

God speaks to us in many ways; they include His word, nature, people, circumstance, peace, wisdom, supernatural invention, dreams, vision and what we call the inner witness –a “knowing” deep inside.

Hearing from God is vital to enjoying God’s eternal plan for our lives.  God wants to speak to us about the plan He has for our lives. His plan is a good plan, but we are in danger of missing it if we don’t learn how to listen and obey God’s voice.

The world makes it easy for us to fill our ears with all kind of things that drown out the voice of God and push Him so far into the background of our lives. However, we should know that the day comes for everyone when only God remains. Everything else in life eventually passes away; when it does, God will still be there.

Listening to God is our decision; no one else can make it for us. God won’t force us to choose His will, but He will do everything He can to encourage us to say yes to His ways.

God wants to be involved in even the smallest details of our lives. His word tells us to acknowledge him in all our ways and He will direct our part (Proverbs 3:6) to acknowledge God is to care what He thinks and to ask for His opinion. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:7 “Be not wise in your own eyes.” In other words, don’t ever think that you can run your life and do a good job without God’s help and direction. It takes most people a long time to learn this important lesson.

There are two vital things to do to hear from God:

  • Expect Him to speak to you
  • Expect to hear Him

Expect Him to speak to you.

Jesus told His disciples, “I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now. But when he the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:12-13)


When Jesus spoke these words, he was talking to men with whom he has spent the past three years. They had been with Him day and night, yet He indicated that He had more to teach them and that was why He had to send the Holy Spirit so that the Holy spirit will not only teach them but also so that He can talk to them through the Holy Spirit.

The disciples are not here making us the ones he is talking to now and He also have given us the Holy Spirit so just as He has spoken so many times to His disciples, we should expect him to speak to us.

God is still talking to people and he can talk to you. He wants to tell you about the plans He has for you. God knew that we would need help in understand His plans for us but He is ready to teach us and tell us how to go by it but we have to listen.

“It is written in the book of the Prophets, and they shall all be taught of God [have Him in person for their teacher]. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the father comes to Me.” (John 6:45).

Expect to Hear Him.

So many people want God to speak to them but they have not settled down to listen. They are filled with noise what I mean by noise is that they have so many things running through their head (mind) and they cannot differentiate God’s voice and other voices.

Some other people listening is an ability that they must developed by practice.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)


Our flesh is full of energy and it usually want to be active doing something so it can be difficult for us to be still.

 Talking is easy for most people, they want to tell God everything but they forget that it’s a conversation they do all the talking and God does the listening and when they are done, they don’t wait to listen.

God speaks to us always but we need to be sensitive to hear Him. He speaks using so many ways and it takes our spirituality and sensitivity to hear him.

“But Now I know my Father’s voice and the voice of a stranger I will not follow.” (John 10:5)

At times you will need to create an atmosphere to hear Him. The Bible made us understand that Jesus while He was on earth, He goes out early in the morning to pray to the Father, in other words to communicate with the Father so we must do the same if we want to hear from the Father as Jesus did.

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