Yesterday, our pastor preached on spending time with God. His sermon was entitled, “How to Hear God.”

No, it wasn’t a lot of off-the-wall weirdness (it’s a new church to us, so I was a bit curious). However, he made a strong point that so many people say they don’t hear God, and it’s because they never stop to spend time with Him and listen. Very basic statement, but really so very powerful.

He made this statement: “Do you really value hearing God’s voice?” If you did, then you would make time to hear it. It wouldn’t get pushed down on your to-do list (Yes, I could hear the “Ahem” and felt the heavenly kick in the pants).

Then the pastor gave several basic instructions, which I will list here for you, with some of his corresponding verses. I hope they speak as much to you as they did to me.

1. Set an appointment with God. Prepare. Set a time and place.

God said to Moses, “Go to the people. For the next two days get these people ready to meet the Holy God. Have them scrub their clothes so that on the third day they’ll be fully prepared, because on the third day God will come down on Mount Sinai and make his presence known to all the people. (Exodus 19:10-11 message)

And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice. And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount; and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount, and Moses went up. (Exodus 19:19-20 nkv)

2. Be still and worship.

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalm 46:10)

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, (other translations say “Stand Still”) and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. . . . The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14 esv)

You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you. . . . When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered. (2 Chronicles 20:17, 21-22 ab)

3. Pray and Read.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (Mark 1:35 nkjv)

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words. (Psalm 119:147 nasb)

4. Listen and write.

All this the Lord made me understand by the writing by His hand upon me, all the work to be done according to the plan. (1 Chronicles 28:19 ab)

The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; there was no frequent or widely spread vision. (1 Samuel 3:1b esv)