For Christians, hearing the voice of God is easier than we think. In fact, it sounds like our own voice!
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings [the King’s children].
Seeking the voice and will of God is the desire of every Christian’s heart. It is the basis for our relationship established upon salvation. If we have the Holy Spirit within us, then we will want interaction with Him. It’s hard to get away from Someone living inside of you!
There are three reasons why we cannot discern His voice and feel His presence.
- Sin. In order to sin, we must deliberately turn away (in our minds and hearts) from facing Christ. Spiritually, we “close our ears” to His voice. We use the sin and its effects on us to numb us to the feeling of conviction that the Spirit uses to call us back. The Remedy: REPENT! In our minds, all we have to do is turn around and face the Father. We confess our sin, our willingness to sin, and our unfaithfulness (remember that confession is simply agreeing with God that what we are doing is not right–He already knows what we are doing!). I promise that we will find love and forgiveness immediately! The tension between us and the Spirit evaporates. We are made new again! Great is His faithfulness!!!
- We aren’t listening. Believe it or not, most professing Christians don’t read their Bibles on a daily basis. The problem is that it is our best and most tangible way to hear God’s voice speaking to us! Jesus wrote down His plan for mankind and for the world. He wrote down His plan for salvation and how He wants to interact with us. He wrote down how much He loves us! ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS READ IT.
- We don’t recognize His voice. His voice sounds like our voice in our heads. Jesus’ intention was to be one with us, so much so that His thoughts become our thoughts. When we “see” something and recognize its spiritual significance, that is the Holy Spirit calling our attention to it. We think in our minds, “Hey, looky there. I wonder if that’s important.” What is happening is the Holy Spirit is saying, “Look over there. See that? That’s important.” Our tendency is to say to ourselves, “Nah. That couldn’t be God talking to me. I’m not that important.” Oh, how we grieve the Spirit when we dismiss His voice and instruction! God is interested in the minutiae of our lives. Every detail, every thought, every conversation matters to our growth in becoming like Him.
Let’s focus today on recognizing His voice in us. Let’s try stepping back from situations and analyzing them from His perspective. Let’s try praying before any word comes out of our mouths in conversation with someone. Let’s look for spiritual situations and needs in the lives of those around us. Most people need prayer: Some need encouragement, some need protection, and some need conviction. All of us need all three at some point in our lives!
Are you interested in hearing from God? It will require you to do what He says. One time, my mother, who suffered 41 years with Chronic Hepatitis C (it’s like having a mild case of the flu all the time), got off the couch and came into the kitchen. “Want some help?” she asked Robin. Robin replied, “Do you mean it?” Mom said, “No,” and went back into the living room and laid down on the couch. She had good reason–but WE DON’T! Let’s not have that attitude with the Lord. He has so many blessings waiting for us if we will only follow His guidance.
Abba, I pray that everyone reading this post will feel Your Spirit right now calling them to walk with You. May they feel the burning in their hearts as they read Your Word and hear Your voice just like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:32). Doing Your will, Lord, is the most satisfying thing we can do today! Your will is good, pleasing [to Him; notice it doesn’t say “pleasant”], and perfect (Romans 12:2). Let’s get going, Abba! Amen.