Through Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit, God wants to speak to you on a One-to-one basis, every day. He wants to lead you step by step to the good things He has in store for you. He cares about the tiniest details of your life. He even keeps track of how many hairs you have on your head (see Matthew 10:30). He cares about the desires of your heart. And He wants to reveal truth to you that will set you free from worry and fear.
Doesn’t it stand to reason that, if God knows all of our days and where we are going to live before we are even born, it is important to learn how to hear from Him? Hearing God’s voice is not only exciting, it also keeps us on the right track.
“The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him”
God will tell us the way to go, but then we have to do the walking. A walk with God takes place through one step of obedience at a time. Some people want the entire blueprint for their life before they will make one decision. God does not usually operate that way; He leads us one step at a time.
For example, the written Word of God, the logos Word, doesn’t tell us when to buy a new car or what type of car to buy; we may need a spoken or revealed word (a rhema) from God concerning that. Even though the written Word gives no specific instruction on the buying of an automobile, it does say a lot about wisdom. Therefore, if I need a car, and if I believe I am hearing God tell me to buy a certain car, yet the car costs more than I can afford and would mean years of deep debt that would place my family in bondage, I should have enough common sense (wisdom) to know the voice I think I am hearing is not God’s.
If we think we can hear clearly from God without spending time in the Word, we are mistaken. Listening for God’s voice without being dedicated to spending time in the Word on a regular basis opens us up to hearing voices that are not from God. Knowing the written Word protects us from deception.
The devil can present wild ideas that make sense to us, but just because something seems logical to us doesn’t necessarily mean it is from God. We may hear what we want to hear, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we have heard from God. An idea can feel good to our emotions but fail to give us peace when it isn’t in line with God’s Word.
There are some issues about which God already trusts me enough to know what is right or wrong. I don’t have to have a “big word” from God. But I have learned to wait on Him to see if there is a need for Him to intervene in the way I am planning to go.
Earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy (interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching)… the one who prophesies [who interprets the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching] speaks to men for their upbuilding and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation… he who prophesies [interpreting the divine will and purpose and teaching with inspiration] edifies and improves the church and promotes growth [in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, and happiness]. (1 Corinthians 14:1,3,4)
God speaks of this division of gifts several places in His Word. Genesis 4:20-22 mentions that Jabal was the father of those who raised cattle and purchased possessions. His brother Jubal was the father of all the musicians who played the lyre and pipe. His half-brother Tubal-cain forged instruments made of bronze and iron. When Solomon built the temple, God empowered skilled craftsmen to do the work (see 2 Chronicles 2).
Then again, in the New Testament church, God makes it clear that He calls us to work together as one body in Christ. He appoints some to be apostles, some prophets, and some teachers. Some people are given the faith to be workers of miracles, some have gifts of healing, some are gifted to help others, some have gifts of administration, and the Word says that some are speakers in different tongues (see 1 Corinthians 12:28).
When people work at jobs they aren’t gifted to do, they quickly become unhappy, and they make everyone around them unhappy too. Even in raising our children, we need to see what they are good at and give them household chores in line with their gifts. It is senseless to make everyone conform, because we are not alike. God needs each of us in our place. He needs every one of us to function to our fullness, without wasting time competing with someone with different gifts and talents.
When teams of employees are in their right places with everyone in his or her niche, operations run like a finely tuned machine.
If you are having trouble hearing from God, I encourage you to take a few moments every day and confess your faith in hearing from Him. As you confess what you believe in your heart, you will develop faith and expectancy to hear Him.
I frequently confess: “I hear from God. I am led by His Holy Spirit. I know my Father’s voice, and the voice of a stranger I will not follow. I am led and guided by the Holy Spirit, even unto my death. God will guide me all the days of my life. He will guide me and give me the answers that I need.”
Show me my sin. Convict me of what I am doing that breaks Your law of loving others. Convict me when I speak harshly to others. Keep my conscience tender to hear Your voice. Give me power to be free from sin. Amen.