Now, more than ever we need to hear the voice Of God. He’s speaking, but will we hear it over all the other voices we listen to? Will we be aware that the voice of God is speaking to us—telling us what to say, what to correct about ourselves, telling us that we can make a difference through loving actions. God is speaking but are we listening?
What Does the Voice of God Sound Like?
Before we can know what God is speaking, we must first learn how His voice sounds. We should always examine the scriptures to show ourselves approved. God’s voice has many qualities, but I believe that in the midst of chaos, these are the qualities we should be listening for.
The Voice of God is Gentle
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:11-12
This world is utter chaos, and this world is looking for peace. We look for peace by trying to manipulate others by our anger thinking it’s going to get us to where we want to be. We look to those loud voices in hopes that what they speak are the truth and will guide us to whats right. The voice we should be listening to is not in the strong winds nor in the rumbling earthquakes, neither is it in the roaring fires. The voice of God is in the quiet stillness of peace.
His voice is a quiet knock.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
God is not forceful. He doesn’t force His way onto anyone. He will knock on the door of our hearts and politely ask to be let in, but he will not shout, he will not make a scene, he will not make demands. God will simply knock. What a difference that knock made in my life? when i opened the door to that quiet knock, He saw me. He knew every sin i commited, every chain i bound to myself, yet he saw me. His voice is a quiet knock in a desparte time of needing to be rescued. What a sound to hear when youre in desparate need!
His Voice is Power
God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.
The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
In the midst of all the chaos, His voice is powerful. His voice causes change, and redirection. It causes conviction and gives wisdom to those who lack it. Sometimes we need conviction in our own hearts, and we need the wisdom to see it. This is how God’s voice causes change. Change is what this world, this nation needs so much and guess what? God can use you to speak. He can use your voice to speak what He teaches you. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 10:27, ” What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” In this same way, God wants you to speak and tell the world what He has spoken to you in your quietness.
In every circumstance, God’s Voice is Scriptural.
And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says, “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
No matter what circumstance you’re trying to hear the voice of God, He will never speak any thing that goes against His word. He will never give you a revelation that is not comfirmed in the bible, and He will never lie. God is truth, His written word is truth and we can be certain that it will never change. Always study yourself approved by studying scripture and confirming in His word what you believe God is speaking to you. That’s how people get prophecies wrong. The message doesn’t get confirmed by understanding the Written word of God.
Who can hear his voice?
In addition to knowing what the Voice of God sounds like, we also must understand who can hear the voice of God.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
“My sheep,” says Jesus. A shepherd knows each sheep in His flock, and each one follows His voice. A key part of this verse is that Jesus calls his followers sheep, because those who truly follow him are meek, lowly in heart, humble, and dependant on a shepherd for protection and guidance. If we are proud and independant from God, we will not hear His voice over our own inner voices. In order to hear the voice of God we must be one of His sheep, we must accept His lordship over our lives being baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Spirit– the Acts 2:38 way.
How do we hear his voice?
1. Prayer and Fasting
When we pray, we think it’s just us talking. However, the truth is that God speaks back to us. Maybe not in a audible way, but in the subtle ways God let’s us know he’s listening. For example, I was asking God to teach me or remind me of something new. I then saw the first sunset I had seen since the quarantine started. Boy, was is a beautiful one! I knew in that moment God reminded that sorrow may endure for a night, but joy will surely come in the morning; in other words, this too shall pass. I learned so much in that moment, but it was because I went to God in prayer asking Him to teach me. When we commune with God in prayer, He will reveal himself to us through signs.
Fasting has more to do with growing to be more sensitive to God’s voice, and being strengthened in the Spirit. When we fast, we are basically starving the flesh and feeding the spirit, which makes us more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. “When Ye Fast” by Joy Haney is a great book to learn how to fast.
2. Reading His Word
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “the bible is God’s love letter to you,” and yes we do learn about His awesome love, however I think of it more like “life’s handbook.” God carefully planned and inspired each and every word, comma and period. Every detail in the bible is God breathed and purposeful. So when you read it, understand that God is truly speaking and teaching you something.
His Word is living and when you read one scripture God may say one thing to you, then when you read that same scripture, God will use it to speak something else. It’s so special the way God uses His word to speak to us, and how every detail, every name, story, parable, historical fact is still relevant and useful to us today. thousand upon thousands of years after it was written.
3. Meditating on His Word
After you read the Word of God you may not understand it at first, so meditate on it. Meditating on the word is very different from sitting cross legged and humming the buddhist way. For me, meditating on the word is simply thinking about it and pondering over it and praying for understanding and eventually, God gets His message through this thick skull of mine.
Often times, God’s voice gets drowned out by other external and internal voices. whether it’s a politician or a celebrity, or even a church leader. If we aren’t careful of which voices we are allowing to influence us, they will drown out God’s voice. Therefore, it’s so important to make sure to meditate on the things of the Lord.
“but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
How Can it Make a Difference?
I think so far we’ve learned that listening to the Voice of God is important because we are mere humans and God is all knowing and all powerful. He’s the giver of all wisdom and knowledge. He’s a teacher and He wants us to make ourselves available to Him so that He can not only save us, but save the world. God will teach you things in our darkest moments, and His word says that we should shout those things from the rooftops for everyone to hear.
What’s equally important to listening is obeying. When God tells us something that we need to change, we need to make sure to change. When God tells us to speak an encouraging word to someone, we need to make sure to speak. Don’t be like Jonah, knowing the lord well and hearing His voice but choosing to remain stubborn and unchanged until he finds himself in the belly of a fish. It’s much more easy to listen and obey than to hear and ignore, because more than likely it’s for your own good, or someone else’s good.
As you can see, I haven’t given any opinions about the racial topics going on. As outraged I am about these topics, my job as a child of God is not to spit out my opinions but to humble myself, allow God to work in me, head to His voice and obey what He says. By encouraging whoever reads this to hush their soul and slow their roll on controversial topics, my hope is that you will be able to hear the voice of God and what he’s teaching you. Change starts with in us. we cannot control the actions of others but we can be the example of God love and pray for the world around us.
Study to show yourself approved, not by the world but approved by God. Hear his voice beckoning you to follow His example of love. Hush your soul and obey His loving voice. Look at the example Jesus set for us in His earthly life.