For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. Job 33:14 (NLT)
When people close to you speak, you can recognize their voices without even seeing who they are. Parents can distinguish the voices of their children just as a husband or wife knows the sound of their mate. The stronger the relationship, the easier it is to recognize the voice. Does God still speak? Have you ever heard the voice of God? The Bible describes His voice in a number of ways, ranging from a whisper to the thunder of mighty ocean waves! The trouble is not that God quit speaking, but that we don’t recognize when He speaks. In Job 33:14 we are told,
“For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it.”
Could it be that we are not listening, or that we just don’t expect Him to speak? Recognizing and responding to the voice of God is a game-changer in our Christian experience! It will revolutionize your walk with God. Bible reading and prayer will take you on an exciting, new dynamic as you learn to tune in to the voice of God – above the chatter around you! God speaks through the Holy Spirit in a number of ways today. The primary way God speaks is through His revealed Word, the Bible. More than a book, it is the inspired revelation of God to man. The Spirit of God uses the Word to reveal His will in our lives. God speaks through circumstances. He may open or close doors as He directs our lives to accomplish His will. God also speaks through others. He can bring encouragement and warning, wise counsel, and affirmation from those who walk with Him. How has God spoken to you? In John 10, Jesus said,
“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”
Do you listen for the voice of God? This requires active listening. Anticipate God to speak when you open His Word. When you pray, wait in expectation. In John 8:47, Jesus said,
“He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
That is as exciting as it is challenging, isn’t it? If we belong to God, we will hear what God is saying as we actively listen for His voice. What is He saying to you? Hearing God’s voice comes from an intimate relationship with Him. Just as in our human relationships, communication is vital. And, the best communication is a dialogue. We speak and we listen. Today, as you read your Bible and pray, pause to listen for His voice. He may prompt your heart with a passage from Scripture to guide you, with a sense of peace to comfort you, or with a caution to protect you from an unwise decision. Ask God to help you recognize and respond to His voice.
This weekend, I’m beginning a new series I’m calling The Voice – Recognizing and Responding to the Voice of God. If you’re in the Houston area, I hope you can join us at a Woodlands Church campus near you as we discover the habits for hearing God speak today and unleash the joy of living in connection with Him!