What to Listen for When God Is Giving You Specific Directions

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Shawn Bolz

How do you hear from God when you need direction? We are in one of the greatest shakings and times of transition in nations in the world’s history, and whether you look at the macro or the micro, we need direction in so many areas.

I know you are probably feeling that with me! 

There are a lot of you who are reading this who need direction. Maybe you are asking God to speak to you, or you have had your friends and family give wisdom or insight. Maybe it’s over a new job, move, relationship or any of the main reasons all humans end up needing direction.

Did you know that one of the central benefits of being a Christian is that we get to walk with God and get wisdom and direction, and even hear His voice and heart about our life decisions? The problem is many times we don’t know how to interpret His direction in our lives because He doesn’t always speak directly. 

Today, I want to share a prophetic message that resonates with the essence of our journey as believers — hearing from God for our direction. In a world filled with noise and chaos, it is imperative that we tune our ears to the still, small voice of the Almighty.

Abraham’s Journey (Genesis 12:1-4): God directed Abraham to leave his homeland and go to a land He would show him. Abraham’s obedience led him to become the father of nations.

Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-12): God spoke to Moses through a burning bush, commissioning him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

Gideon’s Fleece (Judges 6:36-40): Gideon placed a fleece before the Lord, seeking confirmation through a sign, and God directed him to lead Israel’s army against the Midianites.

Samuel Anoints David (1 Samuel 16:1-13): Samuel anointed David as king, guided by God’s revelation, even though David seemed to be an unlikely choice.

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Elijah and the Whisper (1 Kings 19:11-13): God didn’t speak through the wind, earthquake or fire but in a gentle whisper, guiding Elijah in the midst of his discouragement.

Isaiah’s Vision (Isaiah 6:1-8): Isaiah saw a vision of God and heard His voice, leading him to proclaim God’s message to Israel.

Nehemiah’s Burden (Nehemiah 2:1-8): God stirred Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild Jerusalem, and through prayer and favor, Nehemiah found his direction.

Peter’s Vision (Acts 10:9-23): Peter’s vision of unclean animals guided him to preach the gospel to Gentiles, breaking down barriers.

Paul’s Conversion (Acts 9:1-19): Saul, later known as Paul, encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, receiving a clear direction to become a fervent apostle.

John’s Revelation (Revelation 1:9-20): John, exiled on Patmos, received a vision from Jesus revealing the future and guiding the early church.

These biblical accounts remind us that God speaks in diverse ways, guiding His people with divine precision. To hear from God for our direction today, we must cultivate a listening heart through prayer, meditation on His Word, and an intimate relationship with Him.

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Shawn Bolz is a TV and podcast host, an author, producer and a Christian minister. He has been leading conversations in the church, entertainment industry and in social justice that have helped believers connect their faith to culture in a transformative way. Shawn’s deeply connected yet humorous style of speaking, media hosting & coaching through his unique expert perspective has brought him around the world to meet with churches, CEOs, entertainers and world leaders. To find out more, listen to the full podcast on The Shawn Bolz Show with Shawn Bolz: https://sites.libsyn.com/412208.

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