Even when it seems that God chooses to be silent on a particular topic, we may come to find that He is never completely silent. God is always speaking; and what is more, He is always speaking to US!
There has probably been a time in most of our lives where we have thought to ourselves or spoken quietly across a table, that “things would be so much better if God would only speak to me… if only He would tell me what to do and when.”
Yet, while there are times in our lives when God seems to be the quietest, when we cannot seem to hear His voice, if we belong to Him, we can always know for certain that He is choosing to speak as we are seeking to hear…
He is never silent.
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”—Jeremiah 33:3
The Voice of God:
We may ask, “If God is always speaking, what does His voice sound like?”
God’s voice sounds like His Word. Sometimes it can be felt inside our heart, while at other times we may hear it in our spirit, or visually see His voice speaking as we read His Word. There are seasons and purposes for each way that God chooses to speak to us, but we can be assured that His voice is consistently found in His Word.
When we read His Word, we are not merely reading words spoken centuries ago… we are hearing His voice as if He is in the room with us, speaking every syllable directly to our heart. He is speaking to us personally; intimately and today! God speaks His Word and says nothing contrary to it.
For God is not a man, that He should lie; therefore, since Jesus Himself is the Word, nothing God says can go against it, or He would be contrary to Himself. He speaks and acts consistently. His Word and voice are true and sure.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”—John 1:14
Because the voice of God is not contrary to His Word, it becomes much easier to know our Father’s voice. When we hear a voice that we believe to be the Holy Spirit speaking to us—guiding and directing us—we can know that it is from God if it aligns with His Word. In this we are be able to be like Elijah, finding God’s voice not in the wind, nor in the earthquake, nor the fire, but in the still small voice. We can hear His voice and know it.
“…but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”—1 Kings 19:11-12
Yet, there can be an obstacle… Elijah, even in His fear and doubt, LISTENED to God. Are we listening to God? He is always speaking, so why are we not always listening for His voice?
Over and over God listens to us, His ears ever open to those who call on His Name. Yet, if we speak with passion, whine or complain, asking constantly but never listening for His answer, we become deaf to His voice. How much better would things be if we would quiet ourselves enough to listen? And how much more would we be speaking like our Father? For when we listen to hear His voice, He gives us the blessing of being able to speak like Him.
“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”—Matthew 12:36
Words have power. If we are willing to listen to our Father—to know His Word, His mysteries and plans—then we will speak with greater power and greater authority… Walking and talking like our Abba—our Father—obeying His voice as we hear what He is doing… causing the blind to see and the lame to walk!
“Then it shall come to pass, because you listen…”—Deuteronomy 7:12
How Do We Walk This Out?
One key step is to spend time with God. On our way to work: talk with Him. When we take a shower or bath: think on the things of God. Before we lie down: thank Him for the day. While we wait to get into the doctor’s office: contemplate on His Word.
“…when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”—Matthew 6:6
The more we spend time in fellowship with God, the more time we spend in His Word, the greater our capacity to listen becomes. It is like anything in life, it takes practice. Yet, if we are willing to meet God, He will meet with us in return. He will speak and we, in time, will listen—not merely hear, but truly listen.
“A wise man will hear and increase learning…”—Proverbs 1:5
Another thing we can do is ask God to speak to us. Yes, He is always speaking, but when we seek for relationship with Him, He opens our heart, mind, will and emotions—our soul—to all that He is. He is willing to open our ears and our entire being to the sound of His voice.
“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”—John 10:14, 27-30
We who belong to God are called to hear the voice of our Shepherd, the voice of Jesus. We are meant to follow after Him, but to follow we must hear. Our heart must be open to His voice so intimately that we will follow no other.
“Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”—John 10:5
We are called to spend time with God and His Word. We are to seek Him out, asking Him to speak to us. We are to know our God through a continual passion—a passion to know our Creator. Because hearing Him, listening to Him, is not simply so we know when to move… it is so we can know Him—know who He is!
God is always speaking, but the question is, “are we listening?”
“Are we listening?”
The Holy Spirit within us YEARNS for us to hear the voice of God. To know our Father. Our Messiah. Our Holy Spirit. To know God so intimately, that we hear no other voice. That we can say we KNOW Him, as He knows us.
He knows YOU, but do you know Him?
Do you know the Father’s heart?
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”—Matthew 10:29
By spending time in the Word, in prayer and fellowship, we can come to know our God’s voice. We can run after it with joy and passion as it becomes our heart’s song. WE can come to know our Creator!
So, let us open our ears, our eyes, our hearts, and our very souls. Let us say to the Lord, “Speak, for I desire to know your voice.” Then let us not only be hearers, but doers; not moving until the Lord moves, and running when He tells us to run.
“Jesus answered them and said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.’”—John 6:26-27