Listening To God


Why God Speaks to Us

God speaks to us for reasons that are purely His own: He loves us and desires to have a relationship with us. He desires to walk and talk with each of us, just as He did with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He loves us and wants us to love Him in return. He gives to us and desires that we give back to Him. He shields and protects us from evil and desires that we trust Him. He provides all that we need and desires that we rely on Him as the source of our total supply. He’s our Father, and we’re His children … and He desires that our relationship with Him be joyful, loving, and fulfilling. 

Very specifically, God desires in His love that we might comprehend His truth about who He is, who we are, and the relationship He desires to have with us. He wants us to be conformed to His truth, applying that truth to our lives in ways that transform us ever more closely into the image of His Son. And He longs to communicate His truth to others. 

Now, let’s briefly break down each of these:

· Comprehend — God has given to all believers a divine person, the Holy Spirit, who lives within us to help us receive and understand His truth. The Holy Spirit knows perfectly the mind of God, and He communicates to our spirits the truth God wants us to hear (1 Cor. 2:12).

· Conformed — It’s not enough that we comprehend the truth. We must be conformed to the truth. As we read and hear God’s Word, we come face-to-face with ourselves, our deficiencies, our errors, and our faults. We say again and again, “I’m not like Jesus … but I want to be.” In these moments, we know God’s truly speaking to us because He always calls us to become more and more like His Son (Rom. 12:2).

· Communicate — Finally, God desires that we communicate His truth to others. He doesn’t give us His truth, impart blessings, or love us so that we might hoard these but so that we might share and extend His love, truth, and blessings to others and, in so doing, draw them closer to the Lord (Matt. 28:19).

God desires to speak to you in order to show you what He’s like, and He wants to reveal Himself to you. He knows the more you see Him for who He is in His fullness—as your loving Father and Creator who desires only the best for you—the more you’re going to want to be with Him. The more you’re with Him, the more you’re going to want to become like Him. The more you become like Him, the greater your witness in the world. The greater your witness, the more others will begin to hear His voice and the more enriching and loving your relationships will become.