A deep ache was growing, and I heard a desperate plea in a dream. I saw a woman cry out, "God, speak to my heart."
At first, I didn't know what to do with this dream, so I sat with it.
Then I had another dream, where
a friend asked, "Cherlyn, what's it like to hear from God
I immediately felt it.
My heart ached. The dream scene changed, and I saw the woman from the first dream again.
When I woke up, I was overwhelmed with the desperate desire women have to hear God's voice in this hour.
Yes, they want to hear God for themselves, but their tears were to hear Him for their families. They needed guidance and direction to make the right decisions. And they wanted wisdom for responding to their world in chaos.
Their anguish had reached heaven, and God was letting me witness it.
I felt His grieving as I heard Cherlyn, some don't know I speak at all, and others don't know how to recognize my voice.
Maybe this ache is in your heart too. I have good news for you.
God Does Speak
Story after story in the Bible shows us God speaking to us. He speaks to Adam. To Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. He speaks to the prophets and Paul.
He speaks to others like Joshua, Daniel, and Mary through an angel.
And he uses dreams to get the attention of prisoners, disciples, and kings.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you know He speaks to me too.
And He wants to speak to you!
How do I know?
He promises it in His Word.
In John 10:4, Jesus says, "His sheep follow him because they know His voice."
Jesus goes on to explain He is the Shepherd, and we are the sheep (John 10).
If we are His sheep, and Jesus says we know His voice, then He must be speaking to us so that we KNOW it is Him.
According to Merriam-Webster, to know means:
to have (information of some kind) in your mind
to understand (something); to have a clear and complete idea of (something)
to have learned (something, such as a skill or a language)
This definition indicates three things: have, understand, and learn.
We may have information that He speaks in the Bible.
We may even understand the idea that He speaks to others.
But, until we have learned how he speaks, we don't really KNOW for ourselves.
We can't KNOW something we've not learned yet. So when Jesus says we KNOW his voice, this means we can, and if we are willing, we WILL learn it.
He wants to teach you how to hear him and show you how he speaks to you.
And, He wants you to know how to recognize His voice over all the others so that the voice of the stranger you will not follow (John 10:5).
I love seeing the women I work with come to the awareness that God had been speaking to them the whole time; they just didn't know where to look.
At first, we just absorb it, taking it all in and applying what we hear.
But we don't realize there is a deeper reason why He wants to speak.
Why Does He Want to Speak to Us?
Yes, He wants us to know who He says we are.
Yes, He wants to lead us and guide us.
Yes, He wants to give us wisdom on our decisions.
Yes, He wants to reveal things in His Word.
And yes, it is to deepen our relationship with Him.
But in this season it is much more than that. God is inviting us to learn and grow in hearing His voice so that He can use us on the earth.
We see this portrayed in the life of Jesus where he says, "I only do what I see my Father doing." (John 5:19).
How can we know what to do if we don't hear God's voice? We can't.
And how can we pray for "Your Kingdom come and, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven" (Matthew 6:10) if we don't hear from God on what that heaven actually is?
We can't. We must learn how to hear from God.
Let Me Pray For You
So today, if you can't hear from God, if you want to but don't know how, or if you need new ways to hear from Him, I want to pray for you.
Father, you spoke, and creation responded; the world was formed at your word. And there is an ache inside your daughters to hear your voice; for our families, friends, communities, and nations. As Samuel says, speak Lord, for your servant, is listening. We, your sheep, are listening to your voice to get the guidance we need, yes; the wisdom we need, yes; but also so we can be your hands and your feet to this world. God, I echo the prayer of Paul that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened. May they be enlightened about how you speak to us, the unique ways you show us you are near, and how much you love us. Open our eyes that we may see you and our ears that we may hear you. Amen.
When I woke up from that dream, I heard God's heart ask me to teach women to hear his voice. And it wasn't two months later that I was invited to speak to a women's group on this exact topic. The training I did for them is now available for you, and you can learn more about it here.