Do you want to hear God's voice? If you do, it's possible you're hearing Him already,
for He may be the one giving you the longing to hear Him. God uses lots of things
to talk to us. But actually hearing from God isn't so much a matter of “if” He's
talking, but rather, whether we are listening. How many times have you felt God is
trying to speak to you and yet you feel like you're hearing nothing? Who hasn't asked,
God, can't you speak louder? I need to know what to do! The reality is that all of
God's sheep, already hear His voice every day!
The Lord constantly speaks to us and gives us His direction. It's never the Lord
who is not speaking, but it's us not listening. We can never know an intimate relationship
with our Heavenly Father without hearing Him speak to us personally. But, as easy
as it is for us to speak to Him, most Christians have a hard time hearing His voice.
This is not the way the Lord intended it to be.
We know God's voice because we know Him. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know
my own sheep and they know me” (John 10:14 NLT). We recognize God's voice because
we recognize Him, the better we get to know God the more clearly we will hear His
voice. God's voice is His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love, so the voice of God is
the sound of Love. The actions of love are accomplished when we put God's benefit
and the benefit of others before our own. God's voice, His Holy Spirit will always
lead us in the direction of love.
In the 2nd Chapter of Habakkuk, the prophet, longed to hear from God! He was so determined
that he was willing to stand and wait as long as it took. “I will climb up to my
watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait and see what the Lord says...”
(Habakkuk 2:1 NLT).
The prophet found that God was faithful. “Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer
plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This
vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it
seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not
be delayed” (Habakkuk 2:2 NLT).
Listening to God requires a right attitude in our hearts. In order to listen to God
and receive His instructions, we must want to do His will, much as the prophet did.
God honors the heart completely surrendered to Him. If we are stubbornly clinging
to our own desires, we are likely to get a garbled message that will not be God's
voice at all. As a result, we are likely to continue pursuing a path that is contrary
to the one God has designed for our lives.
Psalm 40:8 (NLT) says, “I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions
are written on my heart.”
We can trust that God will direct our path when we desire His will above every other
desire. By listening to His message and being quick to obey. Also, writing down what
He tells us and being ready to share it so that others may understand. When we listen
to God and obey Him, we will discover a life that is full and rich with purpose,
with the confidence that we are following the Master's plan.
The Lord would say, “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10 NLT).
Michael W. Cochran