Hearing the Voice of God
In Isaiah 30:21 God speaks to the Prophet Isaiah and gives a word to His people saying, "whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.' "
Lately God has been reminding me of the importance of His voice. Not only the importance of His voice but the importance of taking time to listen for His voice. God desires to speak to us. He desires to lead and guide us into all truth. There are many ways God can speak to us; some of the ways are His Word, the Holy Spirit, wise counsel, dreams, and visions.
One of the biggest gifts God has given us is the Bible. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). The phrase, “given by inspiration of God“ comes from the Greek word “theópneustos” which is translated God-breathed. When we read God’s Word we are filling ourselves with the very breath of God; His Word gives us life and leads us on His path for us. Psalm 119:105 says “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Imagine walking in utter darkness and opening up the Word of God which begins to shine a light in front of you, pointing you in the way you should go. That’s the kind of faith God desires from us! God wants to illumine His purpose for us in every situation and if you trust that God will speak, He will! It requires reading His word with spiritual discernment and following His still small voice each step of the way.
Another way we can hear God’s voice is through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13) When Jesus spoke these words He was referring to the Holy Spirt, the Helper promised to be given us when we believe and confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
In Jeremiah 33:3 God spoke to Jeremiah the prophet and said “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” God told Jeremiah to call to Him and promised that He would answer. We can receive this promise too. No matter what the circumstance, call out to God. For “whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22).
Father, I pray that you would stir in our hearts a desire to be still and listen for Your voice. I pray that when we do make time to quiet our souls, that You would align our hearts with Yours. I pray that when we call on You that You would answer and show us great and mighty things. May Your voice be louder than all the others. May You alone be glorified in all we say and do. In Jesus name, Amen.