What to Do After You Hear God’s Voice

What to Do After You Hear God’s Voice

So you have learned to listen for God’s voice. You enter His presence often, quiet your soul, and anticipate hearing from Him. You remain open to hearing from Him throughout your day. Whether occasionally or more often, there are times you sense He is speaking. Awesome! Now what do you do after you hear God’s voice?

A relationship with God is something you can enjoy every day. But your sense of His presence, His peace, and His guidance will not feel the same every day. When you seek God diligently about something and then become aware of His voice it does something deep in your soul. Your emotions may be relieved or stirred up. It’s difficult to fully describe in words what it’s like at that moment.

But what comes next? Do you rejoice – and then go about your regular routine? Do you dismiss it or question what God has said? Do you immediately rush headlong into frantic action? What you do next will often affect the way in which what God said to you impacts your future.

Here are some sound steps to take after you hear God’s voice.

Treasure His Voice.

God’s voice is not like the thousands or millions of other messages your brain receives every day. His voice is precious. He doesn’t speak lightly. His voice is comparatively rare, immensely valuable, “pregnant” with meaning, purpose, and power. He doesn’t speak just because you wish for Him to do so. The presence of the Holy Spirit means He is with us always, and we always have access to Him. But His voice is not in the same category as the “Good morning” you exchange with a friend. This is the God of the universe! When He does speak, treat that word as the priceless and powerful message that it is.

Interpret with Care.

I believe part of the reason God doesn’t speak to us more often is that we so easily confuse our own thoughts, other people’s words, or even messages from the evil one as coming from God. God will not usually add His own voice to a confusing cacophony of sound. His word is always true, but we are finite in our ability to hear, understand, and differentiate His voice from that of others. He is able to make Himself heard, but we must continual to grow in our ability to understand. Hold your understanding of His voice loosely.

Get Prepared.

God speaks to us, in part, so that we have an opportunity to prepare for what He is about to do. That’s our role. If God has spoken about a door He wants to open for you, are there skills you can develop now that will increase your readiness? If you’ve heard Him say a relationship will be restored, or your desire for a spouse will be answered, what are you doing to learn about healthy relationships now? If God has given you a vision for some area of ministry, are you making sure the roots of your character are strong and deep with integrity? Knowing what God said is true, what do you need to do to prepare?


God’s voice may have impressed on you to do something, perhaps something difficult. As Mary said to the servants nearby when Jesus was at the wedding feast, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:5) God’s instructions may be to forgive someone who has hurt you, change something significant in your lifestyle, or take what feels like a big risk for His kingdom. Once you understand what He is asking of you, whatever it is, just do it! He usually won’t tell you anything more until you follow through on what He has already told you to do.

Keep Listening.

In any relationship, including relationship with God, it’s not “one and done.” Keep listening not in a desperate way, but to keep your own heart open. You will need God’s continuing guidance as you follow through on what God has told you. I recall a time I felt impressed to share with a friend that I had been praying for her about something specific. I did so immediately, and the results were disastrous. I learned I needed God’s guidance as much or more about matters such as time, place, tone, and context. It’s not a matter of hesitating; it’s about continuing to listen and learn at every step of the way.

Trust Him.

It’s common to get some things wrong, or at least slightly off center, in hearing and understanding God’s voice. He knows that. Joyce Meyer tells how God reassured her in this way; “Don’t worry about missing Me. If you get lost, I’ll come find you!” That’s part of what relationship with God is all about. And the more you go through things together with Him, the more you will become able to trust Him. When things seem “off,” go back and seek Him again. He’s God, He’s your friend, and He’s on your side. He can be trusted.

Listen. Follow through. Do it again. Your relationship with God will grow as a result.

Your Turn: Think of the last time you heard God say something to you. What did you do next? Did you follow through? Is there anything you need to do now? Leave a comment below.

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  • Tonya Carroll

    Thank you so much for speaking about what to do after hearing God’s voice. I had just finished spending time communicating with The Lord when I received this message from him due to your allowing yourself to be his vessel. Thanks to your delivering his message, I am able to receive him differently than I have in the past. Thanks again!

    • I’m grateful this was so meaningful to you, Tonya. May you continue to listen to, hear, and follow His voice.

  • Neil Fumicelli

    Ok Dr. Carol, you are very wise. This is a very good question for me. The last time I heard from God, He showed me some things. I feel bad because I have listened to Him all except for my own marriage. I forgave everyone except my wife. I want to forgive her, but I don’t know how to. I mean I just haven’t talked to her to see how I feel about things now. I let it all go and moved on, but we are still married. We have been separated for a year and a half now, and I am sure she is with someone else even though she says she isn’t. What I know is that God did speak to me and I do understand that I have to present myself differently now. I have something that she does not. Salvation. So I have to be patient and kind and show lots of love to a wife that wants nothing more than to hurt me. I will be nice to her, but we are going to be divorced soon. I haven’t heard from her in months, so that tells me that she does not care about me. She has my phone number, but I don’t have hers. I deleted it so that I would not be tempted to call her. I am going to try to go through with the divorce. Mainly because I just don’t think I could ever trust her again. I will continue to pray for her.

    • Neil, forgiveness is not saying it’s all OK. It’s NOT OK! Instead, forgiveness is choosing to let God be the one to decide if, when, and how the person who hurt you (your wife) gets payback. You let that aspect of it go. Forgiveness is completely separate from trust. You can completely forgive someone and not trust them. Forgiveness is turning revenge over to God. I pray you keep walking that journey.

      • Neil Fumicelli

        Thank you

      • Neil Fumicelli

        I read that one more time Dr. Carol, and I just wanted you to know that I don’t wish any payback to her. I would never wish for my wife to feel the way I do. I do wish for her to get saved and delivered. I am not angry anymore, stuff happens and people do things to each other. I just wish she would have been honest, but then again, she could never be honest with me because there is no way to be honest when you are doing porn behind your spouses back. What sucks is that she was using her daughters to help her get away so she could do porn. On top of all that; she was allowing them to hold the camera so that they could make the money. So now her daughters are basically pimping their own mother out, finding guys to do porn with their mom and using me to rent hotel rooms for their movies. Then she and her daughters were using dating sites as a platform for recruiting other porn stars. Ashley Madison sent me a download showing her recent activity. They threatened to shoot me if I sued. Too late, as soon as I find a good attorney to represent me, I am going to go for the throat!!!

      • Neil Fumicelli

        Do you still wanna save my marriage?

  • Lydia

    This is a sacred place where words describe God’s voice, how to listen and respond. Beautiful!! Amazing that the Creator of the universe is available and wants to speak to us! God bless these wonderful words!

  • lyndyloo

    Nearly 2 years ago God told me that my future was with my partner who I had just broken up with. I tried to sort it (didn’t know THEN that you don’t just jump straight in after hearing God’s voice). However he chose another woman and had a 2 week fling. Some months later we tried to sort it out but he was in a very bad place. After declaring his love for me & how I was the best thing that had happened to him & he couldn’t find anyone else me (so he’s tried!) he dumped me via text 3 weeks later & blocked me from everywhere. God had been speaking to me all morning about living by faith and not by what we see, hear or feel & I knew then that this was coming and believed God was basically telling me to hang on in there no matter how things look. That was a year ago. Since then he’s got with someone else BUT God hasn’t given me any further instructions in this area of my life but has been changing ME and my attitude towards certain things concerning my ‘partner’. So, unless I hear any different I guess I just need to continue hanging on in there…….?????

    • Lyndy, thanks for your comment. Do you just “hang in there?” Perhaps.
      But it’s also possible for a human being’s choice (yours or his, for example) to block God’s will. It’s also possible for our own emotions to speak so loudly that we interpret them as God’s voice, or at least for our emotions to cloud our understanding of His voice.
      Take some time to intentionally seek God’s perspective on your situation NOW, and see what He may have to say to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

      • lyndyloo

        Yeah, thanks. I know my emotions played no part at the beginning (long story which I don’t wish to divulge here) & I’ve been asking God What do you want of me now? For the past year but nothing new is forthcoming so I’ve stopped asking & just getting on with trying to sort other issues 🙂 what will be will be, nothing I can actively do about it.