Speak up! I can’t hear you!
Volume rising, tempers flaring, confusion, frustration, anger is building, “Calgon, take me away!” And all this because someone refused to put their hearing aids in their ears! Have you ever experienced this scenario? It’s crazy how something so helpful, when not used for its intended purpose, can become such a point of contention.
Who are we listening to?
Whose voice has the most influence on us? Is it the media, our friends, ourselves, God? I don’t know about you, but I sure would love to be able to hear clearly what God is saying to me. If there was a way to KNOW at least HOW God speaks, would you want to know about it? I have good news for you. There is a way to know how God speaks, and it’s all found in the Bible!
Whose voice are we following?
One day, after reading John 10:27 where Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me….” I thought, I’m going to follow the one I’m listening to, so I better make sure I’m listening to the right one! Jesus also knows that we can have trouble hearing Him sometimes. So if you have a desire to hear the Lord more clearly, let’s look at some ways that will aid us in that worthy endeavor.
Spiritual Hearing Aids
First and foremost, God will always, and I mean, always come to us and say, “Do not fear.” (Isaiah 41:10) God’s voice is reassuring.
God’s voice is NEVER condemning. Convicting, yes, but condemnation brings destruction. The difference between condemnation and conviction is that conviction brings with the correction a solution to the problem. Condemnation offers no hope and uses words that tear down, such as: “You can never do anything right.” Condemnation’s job is to destroy. Conviction’s job is to correct and build up. (Romans 8:1) God’s voice is edifying.
God is not the God of confusion, (1 Cor. 14:33) rather, He brings peace and rest (Phil. 4:7). Jesus told us to come to Him and learn of Him for He is gentle and humble in heart. (Matt. 11:29) God’s voice is gentle and peaceful.
*I am Valuable to God
God will affirm our value as His creation and as His children. (Daniel-Man of high esteem, Dan. 10:19, or Mary- highly favored one, Lk. 1:28) We are worth so much more than anything in creation because we are made in the image of God. God loves us and that will NEVER EVER change, no matter what. (Matt. 6:26) God’s voice is affirming.
*He Knows My Name
Jesus knows our names and will often call us by name. (Jn 10:3) When we become a child of God, by officially receiving Jesus as our Lord, God writes our NAMES in the Lamb’s Book of life! (Lk. 10:20) God’s voice calls us by name.
*God is with me
God is interested and personally involved in every facet of our lives. There’s a song that Bette Midler sings about God seeing us, “from a distance.” No. God is intimately acquainted with ALL of our ways. (Ps. 139) He knows when we sit down and when we rise up. He knows our thoughts before they become our words. He knows us individually and wants a personal, sit down at the table and eat dinner type of relationship with us. God’s voice is personal & inviting.
Let’s Recap the Voice of Truth
God’s voice is reassuring, edifying, gentle, peaceful, affirming, He calls us by name, and God’s voice is personal and inviting.
You may be saying, “Surely, people don’t hear God’s voice. I certainly never have. He must not be speaking anymore.” Oh, He is surely speaking to us, but sometimes we are just too loud to hear Him. Or perhaps He isn‘t speaking to us in the way we would expect. Maybe He is speaking to us through a person, or the Scriptures, or in our circumstances. When Elijah was trying to hear God, he was expecting to find Him in the mighty wind, and in the earthquake, and in a raging fire, but God wasn’t in those things, rather He revealed Himself by speaking to Elijah in a “still, small voice…” (1 Kings 19:12) Is it possible that we are talking OVER the Lord of the Universe? Alas, maybe only the quiet can hear Him?
It’s time to put in our spiritual hearing aids, stop talking so loudly, and start listening intently because God is still speaking to His people. There’s no doubt about that.
“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart….” (Heb.3:15)
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