And we often have trouble listening.
We want the Email from God. The lightening-bolt-thundering-voice experience. Even the still, small but audible voice would do. In those moments when we feel like we most need to hear from Him, it can seem like He is mysterious or withdrawn. Where are you when I need you God?
The reality is that the Holy Spirit has come to provide counsel to those of us who trust Jesus. He is even called "the Counselor" but we live in such a crazy, fast paced and distracted world that we find ourselves questioning if we're actually hearing from Him or if it is something else. I've felt that way at times too but I'm fully convinced that God isn't playing a spiritual game of hide and seek, giggling to Himself when we can't find him.
Two little tidbits that can help (at least they've helped me).
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
~ Romans 12:2
Learning what God's will for us in general as believers and in more personal situations starts with a rejection of old thinking and accepting his transforming work in us. Expecting to know and understand the heart of God or His will concerning your life while hanging on to "the pattern of this world" is unrealistic at best. I'm not saying you wont hear from God, I'm saying there is something in your spiritual ears muffling your ability to hear.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep.
~ John 10:14, 15
God is not a magic 8-ball, or even an expert. He knows us and desires relationship, relationship only happens over time. He never intended for us to approach life decisions with him as though each experience were isolated in a vacuum, rather there is a growing history of Him leading and us following. He knows us completely (1 Corinthians 13:12) and pursues us, patiently revealing to us exactly what He intends to. Grace for the moment (see Max Lucado). If you desire to make decisions pleasing to the Lord, spend time with Him whenever you can!
There will be times when we don't hear God as loudly or as clearly as we'd prefer. There will be times when we are asked to wait and that's okay. He is not, however, distant or disinterested. He has come near to us and understands us and our needs perfectly.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:14-16
Sounds like He is ready for you doesn't it?