What Does God Really Sound Like?
Does God really speak, and if He does, what does He sound like?
God is always speaking. There are many recorded instances of God speaking from the beginning of time until the present day. Yet hearing God is something that most people struggle with from time to time.
When you pray, it can seem as though you’re just talking to yourself. Yet God does hear you when you pray, even if you can’t hear Him, so even though it might seem as though you’re talking to yourself, God does hear you.
How can I be sure that God hears me?
If you follow God, then God’s Spirit lives within you.
“I will ask the Father and He will give you another counselor , who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit who leads you into all truth…you know and recognize Him because He lives within you.” John 14:16-17
So, if you follow God, the Spirit of God lives within you and speaks with you.
How do I hear God?
Most people don’t usually hear an audible voice; they generally hear God through their thoughts. The question then is, “How do I know it’s God’s thoughts rather than mine?”
The easiest way of knowing whether what you hear is likely to be from God is to check that what you sense in your spirit lines up with God’s word and His character. To be able to do that, you need to be familiar with what the Bible says.
What does the voice of God sound like?
The voice of God in your spirit is kind and peaceful. It is warm and loving. Sometimes you will just know that you know because you have a quiet assurance. While God may convince you of wrong doing, He will never condemn you, so reject any condemning thoughts, they do not originate with God.
Wisdom and hearing God come from The Spirit of God within you.
Usually, when you make a decision based on hearing God you will have a sense of peace rather than unrest. Confusion and inner turmoil are not from God. When the Spirit of God speaks to you, He prompts you, gives you a nudge or plants an idea that is a good answer to a question, or gives you direction or understanding.
God is a God of love. If what you hear contradicts God’s character, it probably isn’t from God. Here’s what Corinthians says about love:
Love never gives up
Love cares more about other people than self
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have
Doesn’t have a swelled head
Doesn’t force itself in others
Isn’t always “me first”
Doesn’t fly off the handle
Doesn’t keep score of people’s wrongs
Trusts God always
Always looks for the best
Never looks back
Keeps going to the end
If you’re hearing something that contradicts what love would do, you’re probably not hearing from God. God is speaking all the time, it’s just a matter of learning how to tune into His thoughts and recognize His voice.