Whoever talks to you, you either endure or embrace whatever they say. Listening is easy to fake, attentiveness is simple to pretend, but real listening requires an effort. Sometimes we tune others out and our own thoughts in, thinking what to say next. To many its second nature to prepare an answer while the other person is still talking – the other person rarely stopped talking when we start our response we prepared while not really listening.
God often use people to convey a message to you. To be a real and good listener we should listen attentively. The major step to becoming a genuine listener is learning how to listen to God! We often have a problem listening to God, because we don’t always know how to listen to others, how would we listen to God if we can’t hear Him audibly? Proverbs 1:5 “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”
How to Listen to God?
- Believe that God loves us and wants to communicate with us. Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’ ”
- Listening to God requires consistent reading, studying and meditating on His living Word, the Bible. The moment we start reading the Bible and keep reading, God will start speaking into our thoughts about something specific, because God made a promise, Isaiah 55:11 “My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
- To listen to God, I have to calm down, getting alone and just listen with undivided attention. Matthew 14:23 “He (Jesus) went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.”
- Listening to God is opening my heart and letting God point His finger of truth on the real me. Psalm 139:23–24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
- Listening to God is listening carefully to others, realising that God often uses them to communicate His personal message to me. Proverbs 13:10 “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”
- Listening to God is recognising the presence of the Holy Spirit within me. Respond to His guidance for communicating with others. John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
God is speaking to us, perhaps we don’t even realising it.