I’ve come to the conclusion that the most personal answer to that, is through prayer–communication with God.
When we communicate with someone, we get to know them better. We get to know what they want. Prayer helps us grow closer to God and connect with Him. God shows He loves us by speaking to us in different ways, according to our uniqueness as Human Beings, as well as the uniqueness of our situations.
Sometimes, He uses the voice of silence.
Yes, silence absolutely has a voice. Let’s think about that kind of voice. We’ve all heard about the “still, small voice” of God and understood it to mean that His instruction comes within the silence of our hearts.For me, that silent time is early morning, when I’ve just awakened and my mind is fresh and open. It’s my time for listening. Because if we want to hear God speak to us…if we want to know His will for us, we must be quiet and listen.
Will He speak to us audibly? Of course He could if He wanted to. Some of the prophets heard the audible voice of God. But for most of us, it isn’t that.
I think this is how it works: If you’re in love with someone, and he or she is in love with you—are words always necessary? I think not. We can simply sit, or walk with, or just be in the presence of someone we love and not say a word–yet we know and feel their love, just as they know and feel ours. And without any audible word from them–don’t we often know what they’d like us to do?
Another example: The parents of an infant know what their child wants and needs without words. They just know. And then they provide whatever it is for the child they love.
So many times, silence is the language of love. And who loves us more that our God? So we’ll be quiet and listen, and let God speak to our hearts.