Last week, we discussed how we can be assured that God still speaks to his people. However, there are many people who proclaim to be Christians yet never hear from God directly in regards to their own personal lives. This reality is hindered in many believers lives because of two fallacies.
Made to Hear:
The first reason many believers never hear the voice of God is because of an identity issue. This issue isn’t like the Daddy Issues series where we have a certain mindset because of an issue (direct hurt) from God. The identity issue is simply a misunderstanding of our identity because of a lack of knowledge. It is natural for you to hear God’s voice. Jesus gave the illustration that we are his sheep and sheep know their master’s voice (John 10:27). Also, Proverbs 25:2 says that it is the glory of kings to reveal things hidden by God. Our identity as children of the King of Kings is very much kingly. It is to our glory to listen to God’s voice which is hidden from the world.
Sound of His Voice:
The second reason many believers never hear the voice of God is because they are waiting for an audible voice that roars like thunder. God does not always speak to us in this way, yet he is always speaking. We’ve already discovered how God speaks through creation, Scripture, and his “still, small voice.” Rarely do we find in the New Testament this booming voice from God. Often times God speaks through this still, small voice. If an unbeliever could describe this situation, it may be thought of as an internal sense of knowing. What we find in Scripture, though, is that God speaks in many more ways than these. God can speak through visions and dreams, angels, spiritual gifts, and even those spiritual happenings associated with demonic worship. The reason God speaks through things such as trances (Acts 10:9-11) and mind reading (Luke 11:17) is because he created these acts as ways the spiritual world speaks to the physical. Satan is a deceiver and can only mimic and distort what God has created as he is not a creator himself.
Don’t allow the multitude of communication channels from God to confuse or overwhelm you. Simply be encouraged that God is speaking in more ways than we are used to listening. Don’t confine your perspective of God to a limited definition, but be open to seeking God and whether he is communicating to you in the current circumstance you are within. Become aware of yourself and your surroundings. Practice makes perfect!
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak,” James 1:19 ESV
Pastor Zac Breckenridge