'Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!' Matthew 11:15 NLT
Hearing God is your top priority! You learn to hear from God by making time to listen to him!
Fifteen times in the New Testament Jesus said, '...anyone with ears to hear should listen'! This tells you three important things: (1) As part of God's family you have spiritual ears; even if you are deaf in the natural your spiritual ears hear God speak to your spirit. (2) You have to use them. Are your spiritual ears clogged up with worldly wax! (3) Hearing from God must become your top priority. Babies are born with the ability to hear, but don't understand. Understanding takes time; it requires intimacy with their parents. Get the idea? Luke writes: 'Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures' (Luke 24:45 NIV).
Looking back over your life you realise that God has often talked to you, you just didn't understand what he was saying at the time. He's patient with you while you learn.
So what now? It's not easier to hear God's voice when you're having a rough time; you're just more keen to listen to him when things are difficult! Until that changes, you'll only go to him in a storm and not hear what he's saying in your everyday life. Jesus said, 'By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as God tells me' (John 5:30 NLT). Jesus only did what his Father in Heaven told him to do; he wants you to learn to live that way too!
Soulfood: Lev 27:30-33, Num 31:48-54, 1 Cor 16:1-3, 1 Cor 16:1-3