As Christians, we say we want to know God’s will.
We wonder why we don’t “hear” God’s voice, telling us what to do…
The question is, “Do we really want to hear God’s voice?”
Think about those times when you had a conviction to do something that scared you to pieces…
How about that time when you dismissed a potential calling because it sounded too absurd, too contrary to what you thought you could do?
Yeah. That’s been me before — when I have questioned and hesitated because I wasn’t sure if I was hearing my own thoughts, listening to the pressures of others, or really hearing from God.
Waiting until you have clarity is wise.
Yet, when you know God is speaking and you try to decide to obey based on your own comfort level with the command, then the question is, “Do you really want to know God’s will?”
I love what Priscilla Shirer says in her book, Discerning The Voice Of God:
...the determining factor for experiencing God is obedience. We must learn to make obedience a habit regardless of our feelings.
God doesn’t just speak to be heard. He speaks to be obeyed.
…this kind or response lays the groundwork for God to do incredible things [in our lives]. (Discerning The Voice Of God)
Obedience is not only the key that keeps the door of communication open between you and God but the only appropriate response when He speaks. (Discerning The Voice Of God)
Obedience to God yields supernatural results!
If we really want to “hear” God speak, then we must be willing to obey what He says.
“God doesn’t just speak to be heard. He speaks to be obeyed.” (by Priscilla Shirer)
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
12 Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
(Graphics by Jessica Morris.)