by Ray Harmer
In our hustle and bustle world, with all of its distractions, it can be difficult to hear the voice of God. Adam and Eve had no problem hearing the voice of God in the Garden. We, like our fallen parents, must be careful because some voices are evil (Gen. 3:4). We must possess the ability to discern good from evil. Anyone who does not have a relationship with the Creator cannot properly discern. As parents we are charged by God to train our children well; so that, they may discern with Godly wisdom and be able to properly hear His voice (Prov. 22:6).
Some years ago a young couple told me they heard God’s voice and He told them they could worship atop a local mountain and it was as good as going to church. So they swapped Sundays between church and the mountain. God never contradicts His Word. Clearly they did not hear God’s voice. The origin of that voice was none other than Ole Slewfoot himself. He has much to say in this world, he has been at it since time began. God says think on these things, “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Phil. 4:8). If a voice does not follow this Scriptural pattern it is not of God.
While a newborn Christian I had an immediate need to hear from God. I searched the Scriptures exhaustively and prayed to God continuously. One day while parked in a quiet spot, a powerful, authoritative voice (whether inward or outward I am not sure), directed me to a particular verse in Scripture. In Ps. 29:3-9 God’s voice is described as thunderous, powerful and above all majestic. I immediately referenced the verse and there was the answer. I cannot adequately describe the feeling. It was the first time God had spoken to me (that I was aware of).
But how can we hear God on a more consistent basis? The fault lies with us. I suggest we destroy our televisions, rip the radios out of our cars and throw our computers in a wood chipper. Moreover we should turn the ringers off of our cellphones, because God will not be calling us on them.
Seriously speaking, we need to spend more time in God’s presence and actively listen. We need to remain quiet in His presence. Sometimes our voices only add to the din. These times are unprecedented in history with all the modern-day distractions. Let us savor our time with the Saviour. We should go somewhere peaceful by ourselves and listen for God. God is the only voice that matters. As Christ got alone with the Father, so too we must (Mt. 14:23). I am reminded of the line in a song by Larnelle Harris where God says, “I miss my time with you.” As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God (Ps. 42:1).