Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “The Voice of God”
I have always loved the sound of water. Ocean tides and the sound of moving waters in a river relax me. The roar of a waterfall excites me. The Bible describes God’s voice several ways, one being as the roar of rushing waters.
“And I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with His glory.” Ezekiel 43:2 (NIV)
In order to hear God’s voice, one must be a believer. Only a believer-a person saved by His grace through faith in the Lord Jesus can recognize God’s voice. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit if we want to hear His voice. Jesus said,
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 (NKJV)
Usually, God’s voice is a mental knowing that speaks to our heart. Sometimes, His voice is audible. Other times, we hear His communication through Scripture or a Bible teaching. The Holy Spirit illuminates our minds and instructs us.
The voice of the Holy Spirit speaks with authority. There is power in the name of Jesus and when the Spirit speaks, there is truth and efficacy. When we hear His voice, there will be no denying His strength and influence.
Today, there are times when God will communicate audibly with His adopted sons and daughters. He spoke to Saul on the road to Damascus. His voice was an audible sound, not just a mental impression. In the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy God spoke audibly to Moses, instructing, directing, and guiding Him on what to say and do to the children of Israel.
“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? ‘‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ He replied.” Acts 9:3-5 (NIV)
There is only one place in scripture where God is said to speak in a still small voice. It was to Elijah after his dramatic victory over the prophets of Baal. God’s mighty voice was soft and gentle. He knew what Elijah needed.
“And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” 1 Kings 19:12-13 (NKJV)
When we seek God in prayer, sing of His majesty, and glorify His name we enter into His presence. He wants us to ask for guidance and help. He sent the Comforter (Holy Spirit) to live within us. Learning to recognize His voice is important. Too many times we are led by emotions and follow them, ignoring the true leading of the Spirit.
There are many ways a believer can hear God speak. He will direct us as we read Scripture or praise Him during worship. He will answer us when we seek Him in prayer. His voice may be a small still voice, a thought in our mind that speaks to our heart, or an audible word. God wants to speak to us. It is for our sake that He speaks.
“’Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.’ Therefore, the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to Him.’ Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.’” John 12:28-30 (NKJV)
We live in challenging times. There is chaos and violence in our cities. We need God’s guidance more than ever. Jesus tells us to trust Him and not be anxious or fearful. Please seek the Father for help. He is the God of hope and has a plan. Nothing surprises Him. He is in control and He loves you.
“Our hope comes from God. May He fill you with joy and peace because of your trust in Him. May your hope grow stronger by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)