Sometimes the VOICE OF GOD is seemingly difficult to hear; other times not so difficult to hear. Some just flat out refuse to hear God speak at all. That is partly because they refuse to believe in Him, thus, not believe Him.
The first place God has given us to hear Him, and know Him is His creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1). The second place (and I am not putting these in any order of importance) is His written Word. The third place is His Son Jesus Christ. Then there are the circumstances and situations of life; and the words of wisdom from others – friend, foe, relatives or neighbors or work associates.
The written word of God is the place to put all into check to see if what we hear is from God. If it does not agree with God’s written Word, then it is not God speaking.
Maybe a couple was dating, talking of marriage, then the relationship goes sour, and one of the couple determines that God is not answering their prayer, because He does not bring them back together. Maybe that is God rescuing that individual from a life of misery. I know from personal experience that planning a marriage is not a sure guarantee of a good relationship. I am thankful to the Lord for destroying a relationship that I was refusing, as a young man, to hear Him. He worked and gave me a wife who loves and cherishes me; the love between us is stronger now than before.
Listening to God as things “go south” is as important as listening to Him when things are going great.
Hear the Psalmist in the 29th Psalm:
“The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.” Psalm 29:3-9 (KJV)
God is not silent. He may not be speaking loudly. It may just be in a whisper as with Elijah and the “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-14). If you are born again through Jesus Christ you can and do hear His voice. If you aren’t hearing then you need to hear Him concerning His Son Jesus, and be saved.
-Tim A. Blankenship