The Voice of God

January 8, 2019

 

Have you ever heard the voice of God? I’m referring to audibly hearing the voice of God. Even if others standing next to you didn’t hear it, did you hear it? Do you believe you should be hearing the voice of God?

 

And the lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

1 Samuel 3:10

 

Samuel audibly heard the voice of God. Whether anyone else could hear it or not at the same time is another issue. The passage does not say that Eli heard the voice. But Samuel so believed that he actually heard a voice that he went to see why Eli was calling for him.

 

Are you thinking that hearing God’s voice was only for the Old Testament prophets?

 

And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

Acts 9:4-5

 

Saul, also known as Paul, audibly heard the voice of Jesus. This was after the ascension of Jesus to heaven. Verse 7 reveals that the men with Saul also heard the voice.

 

So, you think you believe the bible? Was this sort of thing for bible times only? We are in bible times now as we are living out prophecy. New Testament times did not end with the death of the Apostle John, and others.

 

What would be the general reaction of people, even those in the churches, if someone stood in front of them and said, “I heard God call me, and this is what He said …” Initially, there would be a curiosity about what the person thought he or she heard from God. Then, most likely, a questioning as to whether the voice of God was actually heard; not for verification, but because of unbelief.

 

And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief.”

Mark 9:23-24

 

This ought to be our sincere prayer, “Help my unbelief!” Our minds need to be transformed to have the mind of Christ. We need to see things as God sees them.

 

Have you heard the voice of God? If so, do you dare say so? If not, why not? Unbelief? I am talking of actual hearing, not some vague spirituality. I wonder how often we have heard it, and don’t realize, or believe, it was God. I believe we should be hearing God.

 

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

John 10:27

 

Jesus says that those who follow Him hear His voice.

 

“And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

John 10:16

 

Those who follow Christ hear His voice. Those who are to follow Christ will listen to His voice. Am I, are we, following Christ? Have I, have we, heard His voice? Do I, do we, listen to His voice? There are two possibilities I think of if I am not, do not, hear His voice.

1.      I am not following Christ, so He is not speaking to me.

2.     I am following Christ, but I am not recognizing when it is Christ speaking to me.

I personally believe that God is often speaking to us, but we seldom take time to listen, and we fail to recognize His voice amid the noise of our lives.

 

Something as simple as the calling of a name happens when God speaks. Oftentimes as I am studying, reading, or writing, I will begin to fall asleep. Then, as real as my wife calling to me from across the room, I hear my name called out, “John!” Has this ever happened to you?

 

I have heard the voice of God when He anointed me for a specific function. What is your immediate reaction to that? Unbelief? -or- Cool!?

 

I often tell the story of how God spoke to me as I sat on the deck at my apartment in Bismarck, N.D. Approximately one month after I surrendered my life to Jesus, I was reading a book on the deck and I heard a voice say, “Do you realize that you have not drank or smoked anything over the past month?” I looked up to see who was there. But I was alone on this second level balcony of my apartment. I don’t know that, had anyone been sitting with me, they would have heard it. But I know that I heard it. I thought, “that’s right,” but not knowing what to do with that, I began reading again. A few minutes later I heard the voice again, saying, “Do you realize that you haven’t even wanted to?” I looked up again, thinking someone was there. Again, no one was there. This time the revelation hit me that all desires for the drugs and alcohol I had been using had been taken away. I’m not recovering, I’ve been delivered. This deliverance was a sign from God that forever cemented my salvation.

 

When I tell that story, eyes often open wide. First in amazement as they think about how I was hearing God. Second that the Lord revealed my deliverance that I had not even realized for a month.

 

This is just one example of how we may not exactly believe the bible the way we may claim we do. Others? How about the command for us to heal and deliver? Or the command to go and make disciples? There are many other things for which we would be hard pressed to prove our belief.

 

Lord, help my unbelief!

 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

John 10:1-5

 

Lord, please help me to hear your voice, that I may follow You, and be pleasing to You.

 

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,”

John 10:14

 

Is anything lacking in my, in our, relationship with God and hearing His voice?

 

This brings me back to the two things that I believe we need most:

1.      Proper worship, in spirit and in truth

2.     Intimacy in relationship, with Father, Son, Holy Spirit