“To know God’s voice we must know his character and who he is. When we ask our best friends advice we already have a good idea what they might say, or if they will agree with our choices. I even know my best friend will still love me if I made a choice they don’t agree with. Hearing God’s voice is no different than how we know what our best friend would tell us to do just because we know who they are.”
Let me start off by saying to hear God’s voice is to get direction in your life. It means that the one who created you is giving you guidence in the day to day choices you have to make. If someone says “God told me” it does not typically mean they hear an actual voice (my 7yr old thought that it meant I hear voices but she is 7 so it’s ok) it is more of a knowledge & understanding of who God is. Now in biblical times the norm for how God spoke to people was very different from today. He used angels, a burning bush, plagues, death, a flood, people or prophets, he himself even appeared in various forms to get his message across. It was certainly possible to hear God speak just like I am speaking to you now in the form of writing. Overtime sin that has infiltrated our culture has separated us from God. It has separated our knowledge and understanding of who he is. The world views and lack of biblical knowledge some times keep us from truly knowing God. What happens when you don’t know someone to the fullest extent? What happens when you enter into a relationship and never bother to get to know that persons character? The chance of misinterpreting what their actions or what they are trying to say increase. Getting the wrong message they are sending you can not only hurt you but it can destruct and hurt the purpose for your life together. Let’s talk about how that relates in real life.
Take a marriage for example. Two people so in love after marriage they move in together and the wife tries to help by offering her husband advice on various things. She means well, she is lovingly trying to help. But she doesn’t fully know him. At least not in his man culture or deep character. He interprets that advice thinking she wants him to change him because he is incapable or inadequate of handling things on his own. He does not know that mothering means love from her point of view. That this is normal where she is concerned. So he takes this loving woman’s message wrong and interprets it as disrespect. When he responds she feels unloved for her love and so the cycle of hurt begins. When all could have been avoided if they had taken the time to really understand each other not just as individuals but as total different human beings. We are mere human beings who need to take the time to get to know God.
Often it is the same with our relationship to God. He is God. This means that never reading his word, never learning about the culture and time when he spoke clear to his people, never knowing his character would mean we are vulnerable to misunderstanding him. Let’s face it the bible is huge. Even if we memorize half of it then when we learn the other half some of what we already learn we might forget. But what we won’t forget is the nature of God. The more you learn the more this forms in your mind. That is why it is so important to read God’s word because hearing his voice comes when you truly know him.
If some one tells me “God told them to not pay their tithes because they had a lot of bills that month” I would say “Honey I love you but I don’t think that was God because he has always said give to him first then he will take care of your needs.” Please don’t hear me judging. I am merely encouraging a deeper understanding of who God really is (1 Kings 22:5, 2 Chronicles 18:4, 31:6, 31:12, & 31:5, Matthew 6:33, Malachi 3:8-10, Leviticus 27:30-32, Numbers 18:21,24,26,28, Deuteronomy 12:6,11,17, 14:22,23,24,26:1, Nehemiah 10:37-38, 12:44, 13:5,12). If you know him you will know if he would have said that or not. I will use myself as an example. People who truly know me would doubt a rumor that last week I punched someone in the face, or that I said it was ok to never read your bible. Why? Because they know me and they know that goes against my character. They can tell if that is something I would be likely to say because of who I am. It is the same in your relationship with God. Would he tell me to give my last $5 dollars away? Absolutely. How do I know. Because he has mentioned how he treats people who give when they have nothing. He has told us how he is faithful to those who trust him. He has told us that giving is the right thing to do. This post isn’t about giving it is about hearing God’s voice but what I want you to see that it is to our benefit to know him.
A very wise woman I know was having some trouble in her marriage. Love had grown cold, her husband had become harsh and distant from God. Everyone told her to get a divorce. She said she knew God was telling her to stay in the marriage. I asked her why and she said. “Because I know God. I know how he feels about divorce. I know when he has said it was ok in the past like in times of adultery.”
She said,”Dee I know that God would say to show grace and love because that’s who he is”.
I wasn’t where I am in my faith today and I think maybe I even rolled my eyes at her response. But years later after countless more sleepless nights in prayer, and tear filled sobs over an open bible. I know. I know that God is good. I know that he gives chances, second chances, third chances. He shows mercy & grace. I know that he is near to the broken hearted. I know God blesses those who seek him first. I know that like any good parent he allows consequences when we repeatedly disobey and he puts faithful people in our path to help us see his love. But most of all I know that he loves us, all of us. He loves the good and bad and ugly just as much as he loves those who have it all together and never miss a beat. I know when he speaks to me because I know his character. When I am unsure or have any doubt if it’s his voice or not I know that I can look to what he has done in the past. I can look to what he has said regarding that circumstance or situation or sickness. That his word doesn’t change. God’s character doesn’t change. He remains yesterday, today, and tomorrow, our God of love. My prayer for you today if you’re reading this is that you would have that blessed assurance of knowing God so that you may hear his voice.
Please give my friends who read this a heart for your word. Don’t let them be satisfied with one verse a day. Give them the steadfast glory of knowing you so that they know your voice. Help them to see clearly the differences in what the world says and what you would say just like my best friend knows what I would say. God my heart is heavy over the enemy’s plans to manipulate your words and twist it to a view of the world. God I know you want your people to live free and strong. Please God encourage your people today and bless them with your voice. In Jesus name. AMEN.-Dee
Scripture for today:
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Psalm 116:1
Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. Isaiah 28:23
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; Revelation 18:4
My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. Jeremiah 50:6
As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats. Ezekiel 34:17
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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