Listening to God

Whether you are seeking guidance for major life decisions, longing for God’s comfort in difficult seasons, or simply desiring a closer relationship with Him, this section is dedicated to helping you cultivate a receptive heart and attentive spirit. Discover practical tips for developing a listening ear, discerning God's voice from the noise of the world, and embracing the transformative power of His messages. It is our prayer that you learn to create space in your life to intentionally listen for God's voice and experience His presence as you continue on the journey of deepening your relationship with Him. 

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Hearing God's Voice

A famous image used by the inventor of the gramophone depicts a dog listening at the horn of the early recording device, accompanied by the slogan “His Master’s Voice.” The dog recognized his master’s voice even though he couldn’t see him.


Elijah also knew His Master’s voice. After a particularly difficult season, when Elijah was discouraged, God led him to Mt. Horeb (also known as Mt. Sinai). While sheltering in a cave on the mountain, Elijah complained to God that he had served Him faithfully, but the people of Israel had turned against Him, and King Ahab and his wife Jezebel had killed many of God’s prophets and were trying to kill him, too. God told Elijah to stand before His presence on the mountain, so Elijah waited in the cave for God to appear. 


While Elijah waited, “a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:11-12). When Elijah heard the whisper, he pulled on his cloak and went out to meet with the Lord. He knew the “still, small voice” of his Master.


Listening for that still, small voice takes practice. The more intimate you grow in your walk with God, the more time you spend in His Word and the more you obey His commandments, the more readily you will recognize it.


Jesus used the metaphor of sheep who listen to their shepherd: “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. … He goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:3b and 4b ESV).