Hearing and knowing God’s voice

“The Lord said, ‘go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

This verse is a clear picture of how God speaks to us. Sometimes when we ask him to show us something or speak to us, he just doesn’t…. or we aren’t listening. I have found myself in this spot many times. Once I realized that he has the perfect plan for my life and that he does everything in HIS timing, I was able to settle down and wait for that still small voice (gentle whisper). I’ve had to cement in my mind that it usually is not an audible voice from heaven, but merely a thought that can’t seem to leave my head. For example, at night, I will ask God to put someone on my heart who needs prayer. Right then and there, he’ll put someone in my mind. It’s truly beautiful how he works!

I have been reading through the Old Testament, specifically right when the Israelites came out of Egypt. God spoke to the Israelites audibly constantly. Telling Moses what was right and wrong. It makes me wonder why His voice isn’t always audible nowadays? I find myself wrestling with this question quite a bit. But think about it: Once Jesus came and died for our sins and was the ultimate sacrifice, the Holy Spirit entered the hearts of the believers on a day called Pentecost (you can read about it in the book of Acts). Because of this, God didn’t have to come down from heaven and rest on the Ark of the Covenant. We, as believers, do not need to offer up sacrifices anymore. Once Jesus died, the curtain was torn and there were no more barriers between God and us! He has given us the gift to be able to talk to Him through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives in us.

Let’s pray. Dear Jesus, please lay someone on my heart to pray for. Help me to open my ears to listen to you. I pray that you would help me to use my gifts to glorify you and be a light in this dark world.

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