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How Do You Hear God?
We hear God in many different ways, but we need to be open and receptive at all times in order to hear him. The bible stories tell of the people of God and how God has spoken to them in many different ways. Poetry in the bible and other sources speak to us of the situation we find ourselves in and God’s grace.
We hear God through the grandeur of creation, using our senses of sight, sound, smell, hearing and touch. We can feel God through the compassionate touch of a friend or loved one. Sometimes unexpected help from people we don’t know can be enough to move us to hear God in our lives. We are also aware of God’s presence when grave illnesses are overcome against impossible odds.
We heard God in our hearts in moments of silence, when in a noisy crowd or alone in the twilight. God talks to us through other people who surround us. When we have done wrong, whether to other people or to ourselves, God will be aware of our guilt. When we are happy we can feel that he has done something good for us. Many people have experienced Jesus in their lives through unexpected help.
We hear God from his Word – the bible – which is a light to our path to him. The bible tells us the story of the people of God and how God has spoken to them in many different circumstances and situations. It includes great poetry and stories that speak to us in the situations we found ourselves. Often when we hear the Bible read aloud we hear nuances that are not picked up when we read it aloud.