Reading the Bible to Hear God

Reading the Bible is a wonderful way to hear God’s voice.

Still, when you’re just getting started reading the Bible, it can be hard to know how, or what that will look like for you. It can be an interesting experimental period as you find a meaningful way that feels natural to you.

While everyone is different, and I definitely recommend mixing it up every once in a while to keep things fresh, below is one idea to get you started.

Use your imagination

Use your imagination to enter into the scene of the stories you read. As you step inside the story and take a look around, it can help you hear God’s voice.

I’ll walk you through this idea in the story below.

Get Started Reading the Bible:

I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more. What would the earth look like with no sea? What would the “first earth” look like if it had passed away? Destruction or just a total absence?) 

What would the earth look like with no sea? What would the “first earth” look like if it had passed away? Destruction or just a total absence?) 

I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, (Is it coming down as one big mass, descending on the earth all at once, or is it coming down in pieces? What’s this look like in your mind?) prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. (Is it glowing, emanating radiance? Are the trees in the glory of their life cycle? What would the earth look like if it was adorned in all its best like a bride?) 

How to Hear God by Reading the Bible

I heard a loud voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (Will this be like the Garden of Eden when everything was perfect and God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden? How does God walk with us now in our own life, and will this new way of dwelling with us be more tangible?) 

He will wipe away from them every tear from their eyes. (How would it feel to have all our sadness lifted off our heart? Let that feeling sink in.) Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. (Fear of death – for ourselves and our loved ones – would no longer be something that plagued us. What would that kind of world look and feel like?) The first things have passed away.”

He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (What is God making new in your life right now?)

These verses are from the book of the Bible called Revelations. You can find them in chapter 21 verses 1-5.

It might be helpful to read over this story with the suggestions a few times. Then, when you’re feeling brave, find a story in the Bible you want to try it with.

Read through the story slowly and let the details sink in. What would the setting look like, smell like, sound like. For example, would you feel the warm desert breeze on your face as you walk with Jesus and His disciples.

Would you hear the buzz of conversation coming from the crowd or perhaps a shout rising up from someone in the group?

Whatever story you choose, let it be as real as possible to you, so you can enter in with Jesus and start to hear His voice as you are reading the Bible.

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