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Hearing God's Voice

September 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM


Have you ever had one of those annoying guessing games over the phone?  “Hi, guess who”?  Usually we can’t put a name or a face to the voice, but we take a stab anyway, we get it wrong, and so the game goes on.  Then there are those times when we pick up the phone and the person on the other end simply says, “hi, it’s me”, and we instantly know who it is. 


Wouldn’t you love to be as familiar with God’s voice as you are with the voice of a family member or friend you know very well?  Well, according to the Bible we can be. But hearing God’s voice is only half the story, what is the other half of the story?




1. God hands King Solomon a blank cheque


Thousands of years ago King Solomon must have also had a great longing to know the voice of the “Shepherd of Israel”.  Some time after he became King he dreamed that God came to him and invited him to ask whatever he wanted from Him. 


Solomon could have asked God for perfect health, an abundance of God’s healing power, beauty, brains, family and friends to be saved, a great job, heaps of money, worldwide fame, an “all expenses paid” cruise of a lifetime, if they had such a thing back in his days.  But for him it was none of the above.


1 Kings 3:9

“Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”


The Hebrew word translated “discerning” there is “shama”, which means to hear and obey, there we have the other half of the story, let’s face it, there’s no point in hearing God’s voice if we’re not going to do what He says. 


1 Kings 3:10-14.  What else did God give Solomon?


We see in 1 Kings 3:10-14 that God threw in riches and honour, and we see in Proverbs 3:2 & 16 that they go hand in hand with wisdom.


Wisdom may be defined as knowing the right thing to do and doing it, we could call it hearing God’s voice and obeying it.


2. Hearing God’s voice is a great key


Matthew 4:4

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”


Earlier this year a woman in a rest home wanted to commit suicide so she starved herself to death, in her case I think it took just over two weeks.  We see that as a great tragedy but we don’t always make the connection that hearing God’s voice regularly is as vital to our spiritual life and health as eating nutritious food regularly is to our physical life and health. 


I’m sure none of us would get so used to hardly ever eating food as some Christians can get used to hardly ever hearing from God.  We need to contend for God’s voice and we need to work diligently at developing our spiritual sense of hearing. 




Other people’s words from God can be helpful, inspiring, and enlightening for us, but they can never take the place of a word God has personally spoken and planted in our heart.  It’s good to be open and learn all we can from others, but we all need to develop our spiritual hearing so that we can tune in to the voice of God and get the blueprint for our life and ministry from the mouth of the Shepherd Himself. 

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