5 Must-Know Ways to Hear God’s Voice


Dear Selfless Esteem,
How do I hear God’s voice??
Needing Help and Hope

Dear Needing Help and Hope,

First of all, I commend you for your faith that God is speaking. It’s true that God speaks to us today, especially to give us “help and hope.” 👍

In order for us to hear God’s voice, we need to identify various ways that God could speak to us. Here are 5 ways.

1. Audibly

I think “audibly” doesn’t necessarily mean externally through our ears. In the same way we hear our own thoughts run through our minds, God can convey a message to us.

1 Kings 19 says that God spoke to the prophet Elijah through a “still, small voice” (verse 12). Elijah had been running for his life; therefore, God comforted him with a gentle tone of voice and provided direction like a wise and caring Father.

2. Through God’s Character

Each person’s voice is a distinct characteristic, which can be used to identify them. Jesus said His followers recognize His voice (John 10:27-30 MSG). I believe this can be interpreted not only literally but also symbolically of His character.

The reverse is true too. For example, Elijah probably recognized God’s loving kindness, which would’ve indicated that it was indeed God speaking. (For more details about God’s character see, “Why Selfless Esteem Is Better Than Self-Esteem” and “The Real Truth About God.”)

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When something resembles God’s character, it’s Him speaking. Waves crashing on the shore manifest His power. Blooming flowers reflect His beauty. Countless species of animals demonstrate His creativity. Most importantly, God says, “I love you,” through gentle breezes on your cheek and every act of kindness.

3. Through the Bible

God speaks to us every time we read His Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” and it teaches us and equips us for good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17). To hear what He’s specifically saying to you, consider how each passage applies to your life and meditate on the Word.

4. Through Others

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God sometimes speaks through other people, e.g., words of encouragement, prophesy, and guidance. To discern whether it’s a message from God, examine whether it aligns with the Bible. Additionally, you can ask God for confirmation. (See “How To Pray in 5 Simple Steps.”)

5. Through Circumstances

There have been times in my life when doors of opportunity closed, but I tried to force them open. I thought my determination was a virtue. Now I realize that God opens and closes doors, and our job is to follow His lead.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” When we make decisions based on God’s will, He gives us “peace beyond understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Is there a situation in your life that’s more difficult or complicated than it needs to be? That may be God telling you to stop moving in that direction—even if it’s seemingly benevolent. For example, God could tell someone to discontinue a particular ministry because He has another project for them or because He wants them to take a break.

In closing, check out Pastor Tim Clark’s sermon, “How Does God Speak to Us?” for further explanation and more examples. And now enjoy the beautiful song, “Word of God Speak,” by Mercy Me. 🎵

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version®. Copyright © 1984 by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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  1. Michael

    Wow, thank you for this! I’m going to make a conscious effort to listen for God speaking to me today! Of course he is speaking to me but I need to recognize His voice through each of the examples you gave. I’m so excited to discover Him actively communicating with me!! Thanks again!

    1. Gina Leggio

      Thanks for your comment—glory to God! Another reader contacted me and said “scripture dipping” is another way, which is opening the Bible and reading whatever page and verse your eyes fall on. He said then you can discern whether that particular verse is meant for you at that moment.

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