Hearing from God  

August 17, 2019

René

The Israelites were terrified of entering God’s presence, let alone hearing from Him. One of my favourite passages is Exodus 19, where the Lord reveals Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai. Powerful stuff!  “Behold, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and may also believe in you forever” (Ex. 19:9.) God instructed the Israelites to set boundaries and not touch the border of the mountain because it would mean sure death. Talk about the fear of the Lord! 

Times have drastically changed since then, Jesus our Lord and Saviour came down from Heaven and lived a perfect life. He was obedient even to death upon the cross and rose again for our sins so that we could be close with God. Praise Him for that! The veil was torn so we could have relationship with our Father because of what Jesus did. We have the opportunity to not only enter into God’s presence, but also hear from Him directly. How awesome that the Creator of the world cares to listen and speak to us!

 

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

 

My thoughts are… how can the Spirit lead us if we are not in communication with Him? We all know that relationships take two-way communication, listening and speaking. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason - which particularly pertains to marriage but applies to this as well ;) If the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, He wants to speak to you and lead you. There is no need to block out His voice because of fear.

When this conversation comes up with believers, I get the same question over and over again… how do I know that what I am hearing is from God?


Conversations like these get me thinking, why are we so afraid to hear from God?

 

My response is simple. Do you have a good heavenly Father? If you ask for bread, will He give you a stone? If you ask Him things and you are seeking His face, He will speak; either through impressions, thoughts, dreams, whispers in your heart or an audible voice. Jesus is our Good Shepherd. Jesus says in John 10, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” Jesus said that His sheep would listen to His voice and know that it is He.

Not everything you hear will be of God, I would definitely advise testing what you hear with His written word and with the priesthood of believers. The enemy is a liar and a deceiver, seeking to kill and destroy. With practice and guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will learn what is the voice of God and the temptation of the enemy. 

 

God is not a harsh God; He won’t punish you if you mess it up hearing from Him. He has grace upon grace. God wants to have a relationship with you, and religion kills that relationship. Jesus paid a high price for us to be close to the Father, please don’t stifle it because of fear or religious traditions.

So next time you are in quiet time with Jesus, try and take a listen to your Creator! He wants to lead you, and is trying to get your attention. We are no longer distant like the Israelites; we are sons and daughters of God!