Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” -1 King 19:11-13
I’ve always wanted to see an angel or something miraculous. I used to be a spooky supernatural. I kept waiting to hear the thundering boom of God’s voice fall around me sounding like James Earl Jones of course. It was hard for me to imagine that God would speak in the normal everyday life that I was living. I kept trying to conjure something more elaborate. Maybe a blast of trumpets or heralding of angels before an encounter with the All-Mighty. But that never happened to me. What I’ve found is that God is in the little day-to-day things I do. I hear Him while washing dishes, burning toast, and having coffee…you know, the normal stuff.
On our quests to hearing God, we usually start searching for the obvious: a voice we can hear with our physical ears. God is a Spirit, so doesn’t it make sense that we’d hear Him in our spirits? But where exactly are our spirits?
I believe we are made up of three parts: body, soul, and spirit. The body is our flesh and blood. Our souls are inside of our bodies, and is comprised of our mind, will, and emotions. Our spirits live inside of our souls. God’s Holy Spirit lives inside of our spirits. What does all of this have to do with hearing God? Because God speaks to us through His Spirit which comes from the inside of us. It has to pass through our spirits and our souls. So since it comes from inside and passes through our minds (souls), it sounds like our thoughts.
We distinguish His voice from any other voice because of what happens when He speaks. He creates life inside of us. When He speaks hope, life, vision, dreams, peace or a deep knowing is created in us. A sense of excitement and direction are planted within us. Can we inspire ourselves with our own thoughts? Sure, but if not God inspired, they fizzle out. After they are sifted, our thoughts tend to be selfish. But God’s words continue to grow inside of us even if we lay it down, thinking we’ve missed Him. He continues to stir us.
Expect God in the everyday! Expect to hear Him every day. You don’t have to do anything but give Him your full attention and believe. It’s not just for the super-spiritually elite Christians. It’s a promise for all who believe!
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
Spend the next 20 to 30 minutes talking to God. I’ve included an audio track to help get your conversation started. Play the track and continue in prayer after it’s finished. Remember to write down today’s scripture and anything you feel God is speaking in your journal.
Over the next week, study the following passages and continue to have your daily Koffee with the King. Continue to ask Him questions to get to know Him better.
Day 2: Read and meditate on Psalms 95:6-8
Day 3: Read and mediate on Jeremiah 30:1-2
Day 4: Read and mediate on Exodus 33:11
Day 5: Read and mediate on John 16:12-15