Something to think about
The Other Side of the Coin Part Three
1“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Is God alive? That question is at the core of “obey the voice of the Lord your God.” If God is alive, then He has a voice if not he doesn’t have a voice. God is alive He is just as alive today as when He created everything. He is speaking today just as he has in times past. In all of the ways, He spoke to us in the past. He speaks through prophets, teachers, dreams, and visions. He speaks to individuals individually corporately through organizations. He is very much involved in communicating with humanity. If this is true why do we have such a hard time hearing Him?
It is because we don’t know His voice. We have become so accustomed to being distracted we know longer recognize His voice or believe He speaks. We have made His voice background noise much like our society and television. Many people turn on the television not to be entertained or informed but merely to hide from the silence. White noise is what we prefer to our thoughts. We have become afraid of silence. We constantly have some kind of sensory interruption rather than sit in silence and listen. There is so much screaming for our attention we tune out much of it. We become adept at hearing only what we will allow in. It is either the familiar or outlandish that attracts our attention. The noise is so constant that when silence does occur it is so loud as to be frightening. Then we turn to our favorite noise once again.
To hear God, there are a few things you must do. First, you must believe He still speaks to humanity. Secondly, you must know what his voice sounds like. This is remarkably simple. God spoke and still speaks through His word, the bible. You want to hear from God get to know His voice. Read your bible. Thirdly be still. Stop and spend time, focused purposeful time with God. He will communicate with you in many ways. Sometimes it will be through reading the bible. Sometimes it will be when you pray, Sometimes when you are listening to a sermon. Sometimes it will be through dreams and visions. How do you know it is a word of God? The word of God is always consistent with itself.
God will only reveal what you need to know for the next step, not the complete journey. Like Moses, he will guide you step by step turn by turn until you wake up one day and you’re in the promised land. Why doesn’t God reveal everything at once? Because if He did, we would shrink back with fear. Because His vision and purpose for us are larger than anything, we can think, imagine or conceive.
God is still speaking, but we have to clear the clutter. Silence the opposing noise keeping us from hearing His voice. He will not scream at you, but He will always speak to you. You have to learn to listen.