How to Hear God…
- What stands out in this passage is how clearly Philip heard God’s voice.
- Point 1: Sometimes when God speaks, it is an interruption. An interruption is an invitation to join God where He is at work. Philip was busy preaching a revival in Samaria when God called him to leave and go to the desert.
- Point 2: When God gives directions, it comes in steps. We want to wait until we see the whole picture. Philip didn’t realize that his ministry to the eunuch would lead to the spread of the Gospel in the continent of Africa.
- Point 3: God’s directions do not always lead to big and better from our viewpoint. God’s way is not our way.
- Point 4: Everyone does not have to agree with you when God gives you directions. Often His directions do not make sense to the human mind and/or He takes people different directions.
- Point 5: Our response to God’s directions should be immediate. Trust and hearing from God go hand in hand. The less trust we have in God, the more questions we will ask, instead of obeying immediately.
- God had prepared the heart of the eunuch to receive the message from Philip. We don’t have to make things happen. God is the one that prepares the way. Our part is to be obedient to His voice.
- When God speaks, we should have opened eyes to see the opened doors He provides or lines up for us to enter.
- How do we prepare to hear God’s voice?
(1) Establish a consistent daily quiet time to meet with God.
(2) Be still and listen to His voice.
(3) Be like Samuel when God spoke to Him in 1 Samuel 3:9-10: 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.