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Do You Hear the Voice of God?

Voice of God Do you hear the voice of God speaking to you? Sometimes it may come as an inner feeling of peace. Other times it may come to you through the voice of a trusted spouse, or friend. And then there are those times when you might read a piece of Scripture, and in your heart, you know that God is directing you to do something. In today’s Gospel from John 5:17-30, we read,

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life, and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24).

This passage affirms for me that my belief in Christ, and His salvific action of dying on the Cross and rising from the dead, will one day lead me to spending eternity with the Blessed Trinity. Some days, when doubt creeps in, I need to hear this message.

How do you hear the voice of God?

For me, one day, God spoke directly to me through the voice of my husband. It was the evening before I planned on handing in my retirement notice at the bank, with the aspiration of going back to school, full time, to get my Masters in Theology. We stood at the foot of our bed, and I asked my husband, “Do you think this is what the Holy Spirit really wants me to do?” You see, I was getting cold feet! The doubt was creeping in!

No lie, my husband stated in a very stiff and formal voice, “The Lord finds favor with your plan.” We both looked at each other in shock; me, for what I heard, and Nick, for what came out of his mouth. Nick is not a “formal” kind of guy. We looked at each other with wide eyes. We both knew that those words didn’t come from Nick. They came directly from the Holy Spirit. We both heard the voice of God that day. How do we know that the Lord did find favor with my plan? Because we both had a sense of peace about the decision. Christ’s Peace swept over me and the cold feet disappeared. I never looked back and never regretted my decision; additional proof, that what I was doing was God’s will.

Be attuned to the voice of God

So, are you attuned to listening for the voice of God? It might be a loud “boom,” or a quiet whisper. He approaches each of us differently, according to our needs. Listen for His voice today, and let it wash over you. Let God fill your soul with His grace and provide for you all that you need, to do His will.

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4 Responses to Do You Hear the Voice of God?

  • I believe that I have heard the voice of God thru others. One example was many years ago, we were going thru a very difficult time with our son and I was so worried about what might happen to him that I could not eat or sleep. I was in total depression not knowing how I could help him. I had prayed and prayed to God begging for some insight on what I should do. One night, I dreamed my father came to me. He had been gone for almost 18 years at that time. He came to me and said, very clearly, “Don’t worry Ellen, I have him. I will take care of him.” I knew in my heart and soul that God had sent me my dad with His message. I have always believed that God puts people in our path for a reason and when His message comes, it comes from a voice that we are very familiar with.

  • One typical morning about 30 years ago, I was driving to work, to a Catholic elementary school where I was a teacher. I stopped at an intersection and was waiting for the red light to change to green. As I waited there, I heard a voice that seemed to be coming from the tops of a stand of trees near the side of the road. It said, “I am the one whom you love.” Its sound was unlike any I had heard before or any that I’ve heard since, yet it was audible. The words were comforting. I believe it was a locution from God. I often think of it when I read the words, “Today, if you hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your heart.”

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