Our friend, Stan, used to leave messages on our voice mail. I kept them all because they made me laugh due to his sense of humor, or cry because of his heart for God and for us. He's Home now - no more messages. And, some freak thing happened at some point (with electricity and our voice mail) that resulted in the loss of all of our saved messages. Bummer. But, I recently received a video that was made of him, right before he went Home. It's weird, but good, to hear his voice.
Our friend, Gaylon, also had a crazy sense of humor, heart for God, and heart for us. I got to go over to he and Sally's home one evening to sing songs of worship. After we sang, Gaylon started talking - with a wavering voice that did not match his state police, bomb squad, doctorate spirit - he talked. About how much God loves us. And then HE prayed for US. I quietly scooted my phone close to him and recorded his voice in one minute bites so I could keep his voice. He went Home a couple of weeks later.
We were on a raft during the early part of this year, seeking out whales. They were plentiful. At one point the naturalist who was leading the group put a microphone in the water so we could hear the song of the whales....whales we couldn't see....whales who had a specific song they sang over and over...whales who shouldn't be able to sing because they have no vocal chords and can't breath through their mouths. Those whales had a song. It was amazing.
I've been asked a bunch of times, "How do you hear God's voice?"
My first answer to that question is always, "You LISTEN." You say to Him, "I'm listening for You." You don't hope the He yells loud enough so you can hear Him over everything else. You quiet your heart, declare the treasure that hearing His voice would be, and then listen. Will it match His written message (Scripture) - yes. Will it stand when you ask someone else who is a Listener, "Does this sound like something God would say?" - yes. The more you're with Him, the easier it is to recognize His voice.
There are few things that I will quarentee, but this is one of them.....God really loves to talk to you. He IS talking to you. (Like that naturalist putting the microphone in the water for us, you might need help from someone who knows His voice and His heart. Don't be afraid to ask someone to help you, pray with you, pray for you.) It's time.
Psalm 91:15 ESV
When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
John 10:27 ESV
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.