Which Voice Are You Listening To?
There are many voices competing for our attention and trying to get their message to us. The Bible talks about various voices and the result of listening to the wrong voices. The only voice that really counts is the Voice of The Lord! Yet, Why do we have such a hard time hearing the ‘voice of the Lord’? He is always speaking to us, but we are not hearing what He is saying because we are listening to some other voice.
There are many voices speaking to us that are from the Lord, including the Word, those in authority over us, i.e. pastor, our family,and the voice of circumstances, among others. By the same token there are many voices that are not from God. There is the voice of our own mind, our flesh, our soulish nature. Then the voice of the enemy or demonic. Then there are all of the voices we see and hear everyday as we just go about doing life.
The body of Christ is starved for hearing the ‘real’ voice of the Lord, and often what we think is the Lord is really our own flesh or is not the Lord. We can quickly eliminate many voices by turning off the radio or television or choosing different things to tune in to. Who we allow to speak into our lives is vital. At work we need to turn off gossip. We need to have a mental stop or delete button to stop those thoughts or allow God to speak in the midst of a tough situation.
John The Baptist quoted Isaiah when he said “I am the Voice of one crying in the wilderness”. Jeremiah talked about the voice of joy, the voice of gladness, and the voice of the bridegroom being heard in Israel. There is the voice of the Holy Spirit, and the voice of the Father. Sometimes as we see in the book of Revelation Jesus’ voice sounds like a trumpet. Moses heard God’s voice like thunder. I could go on and on, but we see how ‘voice’ is important in the word and it is so important to us today.
God typically doesn’t come to us as a trumpet or thunder today, but he can. We usually hear him speak to us as our conscience or the ‘voice in our mind’. His voice often sounds like our own. But then the enemy can trick us and sound like our voice. So how do you know which voice is the voice of the Lord? Glad you asked.
God will never tell you something contradictory to the word of the Lord or what is written in His book. He is not going to force you, and He leads He doesn’t push. He is gentle yet firm. Loving, and tender and never abusive. Even when He is correcting us or discipling us it is in love, and because He loves us. He is for us and not against us. This is a simple guide. There are so many other things that affect our ability to hear God’s voice. The number one way to listen to what God is saying is to open the Bible, because He spoke it, and just let Him speak to you.
One final thought here is remember we have two ears and one mouth. We need to listen twice as much as we speak.