Over the past two weeks, we’ve turned our attention to the general question, “How can I get better at hearing and responding to God’s voice?” Our focus has been on the hearing portion of that question, since for many people, just hearing God’s voice to begin with can be both intimidating and confusing.
Here’s a brief summary of the ideas we’ve considered:
- To Hear God’s Voice – try this!
- Hearing God’s Voice – Simplify
- “God Told Me…”
- This WILL Work – how to hear God’s voice through Scripture
- Hearing God’s Whisper – how to hear God’s voice through the Spirit’s inner promptings
Now, the truth is that while hearing God’s voice is simple enough that children can be taught to do it, it can also be a complex issue with many “what if’s” and an incredibly wide variety of ways that God can to us. There are a ton of great books available that consider these and even more issues, written by great pastors and theologians like Charles Stanley, Dallas Willard, Mark Batterson, John Ortberg, and others. Since my blog is intended to be devotional – brief, thought-provoking, and practical, I won’t be going nearly as deep into some of these subjects as I would if I were writing a book exploring the issue. (Who knows, though – some of these ideas may eventually end up in book form, explored in greater depth!)
Beginning Wednesday, I want to approach the next question on the list you sent me – “How I make time for Jesus every day when there are so many demands on me?” This question is actually a summary of several related questions, including questions about just what kind of a continual, listening walk we can achieve in God’s presence in this world where we face a constant struggle with issues like the flesh and the world. Is there a way to enjoy constant communion with God without living in a cave or a monastery?
But today, I want to leave you with a couple of suggested resources. These 3 books have probably been the most helpful resources to me in practically walking me through growing in hearing God’s voice (apart from the Bible, of course!) There are many others that I could also recommend, but for me, these were the best. If you want to explore this idea of hearing God, I would offer these as great resources to consider purchasing and working through (please note that the links are all for Amazon Kindle editions):
- 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark Virkler – I referenced this in Friday’s blog. This is a great book that examines what Scripture teaches, what science is discovering about being still and quiet, and deals with some common objections and issues that arise when we want to hear God’s voice. It’s packed full of simple, practical exercises and testimonies of people who have tried this.
- Walking with God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really. by John Eldredge – Eldredge is one of my favorite authors of all-time. This is a great book that shares many of his personal experiences of how God has spoken to him, along with insights on how to experience God doing the same for you. There’s also a workbook that can be purchased to walk you through deeper exploration of his ideas.
- Questions for Jesus by Tony Stoltzfus – a great workbook that guides you through conversational prayer with Jesus. Each exercise (and there are fifty-two of them) walk you through a brief Scripture passage, a meditation on the passage, and several sample questions to ask Jesus and to journal answers to as you hear Jesus respond. This is a great way to begin training yourself to listen to God, using Scripture as the foundation.
I hope these resources and links are helpful to you on your journey. I’m looking forward to exploring our next question together beginning on Wednesday! By the way, if you have questions about this subject or any of the links/posts reference above, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment/question on this blog post at www.donwhunter.com. I will definitely respond!
If you’re interested in learning more about following Jesus, check out my new devotional book, Forty Days of Walking With Jesus: A Devotional Guide, now available on the Kindle Store.