Often, I hear these words, “God never speaks to me” or “I never hear from God” and for a long time I often repeated this, and it wasn’t a lie. I didn’t hear from God. And I didn’t hear from Him because I was not actively seeking Him – not because He wasn’t talking but because I wasn’t listening. I was not pursuing His face or His heart and the best way to do that is to read His living and perfect word; the Holy Bible. I wasn’t hearing from God and I felt many miles away from Him because I was not reading the Bible. It is that simple. I complained, and many today do as well, but my complaint was not fair. It was poorly framed, and the solution was easily found, had I have looked.

If you call yourself a Christian and you aren’t reading the Word, do not complain that your life is dry and that you never hear from God. Just as you would not complain that your sunflower died if you denied it sunlight, nutrients, and water. You cannot complain that your soul is frail, broken, and dry if you are not watering your soul and encountering the Son’s light.

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38).

This is the aim, is it not? To have a living stream of water flowing from us – a stream that is so full of divine power that the only explanation can be that it is of God? I think all of us would attest to that. There is a source of supernatural power that we can tap into without a moment’s hesitation. Think about it. The same God who created the Universe, every single atom and molecule, who spoke these very things into existence, is the same God you can run to and call “Abba, Father.” He is the same God that will always listen and the same God we are encouraged to approach with confidence. That power is available to all who believe in and call upon the Lord’s Holy Name.

So why do we not listen to His voice when He speaks to us?

I attribute many factors to this, but it boils down to pride. The pride that we think we know what we need. A pride that we think we are more clever than God. We believe our ways are higher than His and not vice versa. God is speaking but we don’t listen because we don’t care to.

If I can spend all weekend partying with friends, catching up with family, watching the latest Netflix episodes then we can spend the time to simply sit and listen to what God is saying to you. We get so caught up in life that we put God in the backseat when He should be driving. Simply placing anything before Him is idolatry. God demands our attention, not because He is greedy or self-centered, but because He knows exactly what we need.

Jonah heard the voice of God clearly. He just didn’t want to do what was asked, so he tried to ignore God. I think many of us at times are Jonah’s who want to do the Lord’s work. Yet we run from it because His idea is contrary to what we think it should be. However, God’s words are true, they are words we can cling to and take to heart. To quote Sevin, “the truth’s offensive to the ears until you’re acclimated. Most don’t listen to the Spirit unless their pastor’s sayin’ it.” And that’s exactly it. We find Biblical truths offensive when they do not align with our own philosophies. Often, we rely on others to share a message from Jesus when we can receive it on our own.

Open your ears

You will not hear the voice of God if you are not in tune with His Spirit. Prayer is one way in which you can be in tune. A simple running conversation with God throughout the day is prayer. Writing your requests down is prayer. Falling to your knees is prayer. Prayer is simply communicating with the Almighty – whether you are loud and brave or quiet and timid. This brings me to my next point.

A “still small voice” is often attributed to God when He is speaking to us. 1 Kings 19:11 says:

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then 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. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

God often communicates to us through a whisper is simple; it’s because He’s close to us. You do not yell when you are right next to somebody for there is no need, but if there is clutter in our ears and distractions in our minds we will miss that whisper. Think Eternity says it this way:

“And Paul explains in Acts 17 in Athens, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.” (Acts 17:24-28).”

God is close. But if we are preoccupied or too busy to stop and listen we will feel as if God does not speak to us at all. The fact is, He has been communicating to us – we’ve just not been listening. God communicates through His Word, through small inclinations in our heart, through large life events, and even small, calm whispers. As believers, we need to dig into the Word. We need to unclutter our lives. We must train our heart, soul, and mind to be in tune with the small but continuous whispers of God. God does speak to us, we just need to train ourselves to listen to and recognize His voice.