How to Hear God’s Voice in Scripture
Session 4: Am I ABLE to Hear God’s Voice?
1 My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you,
2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding;
3 For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God.
(Proverbs 2:1-5, NASB)
Personal Reflection Exercise
Pause a moment to pray and reflect on what you’ve just learned. Then spend some time alone (we suggest at least 15 minutes) to work through the following questions at your own pace.
Read Luke 5:17-26 (NIV).
17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
(a) PRAY: Write out a prayer to God, asking Him to speak to you clearly.
(b) PREVIEW: Quickly read the passage once. What is one thing that stood out to you?
(c) READ: Slowly read the passage a second time. What is something new that stood out to you?
(d) OBSERVE: Read the passage again for deeper understanding. Answer some of all of the following questions:
(1) What is the basic summary of events? How would you retell this in your own words?
(2) Who are the major players?
(3) What are some keywords or phrases?
(4) What comparisons or contrasts are made in this passage?
(5) What is confusing about this passage? What questions does it raise?
(6) Write a one-sentence summary of the meaning of this passage.
(e) APPLY: For you personally, how is God calling you to think or act differently?
(f) PRAY: Ask God for the strength to live in obedience to Him.
(g) TELL: Consider one or two people you might see this week. What you might tell them about what you learned in this passage?