First is through His word. Commit yourself to the regular and constant reading of scripture. Do it in whatever way works for you. Read it aloud or quietly. In the morning or afternoon or evening. Listen to an audio bible or read in on your phone. Memorize portions or entire chunks of scripture. There is nothing purer than the word of God found in your bible. It has no substitute.
The second is prayer. I cannot say more than has already been said by countless Christians before us. Oswald Chambers, an early 20th century minister said “Pray, not as a last resort, but as the first line of defense. Pray, not when there is nothing else you can do, but before you do anything at all”.
Pray and listen, for surely God will speak. Through prayer you will receive peace, discover joy and find wisdom. Christ your Shepherd Himself prayed. He has left you a good example to follow.
Finally fellowship with the body of Christ – both here at Presby and beyond these walls. God speaks through his people and amongst them, you will receive and give encouragement, wisdom and godly comfort in all your afflictions. Sunday worship should neither be a ritual nor an option, but a weekly necessity for the hungry soul, for it must be fed by the preaching of the word, the confession of scripture and the celebration of the sacraments.
These, I believe, are the three main ways by which we can hear the voice of God. They are not necessarily easy paths, I myself struggle with them. But those who have chosen not to listen to his voice or follow in his ways have always ended up in destruction. Unless we desire to have the same fate, we must earnestly desire the Good Shepherd. And the good news is that He Himself will help us.
Indeed, the road that lies ahead of us is full of thorns and hardship, but it will no doubt be filled with joy and comfort if we hear the Good Shepherd speak and follow His ways. And if He so chooses, He may well bring a peaceful prosperity, both spiritual and physical, over our land.
I end of with this proclamation from Psalm 20:7-9
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.