Monday, July 18, 2011

Hearing God Beyond Our Own Voice

“Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain” (1 Kings 18:41).

Excerpt from “Winning the Race” – 2011-07-17
If we believe in Jesus, if we possess a heart conviction that leads to total trust and total commitment to him, pursuing Jesus so we might know him so intimately that we can hear his voice should be the number one priority of our lives. The integrity of our daily walk through life for God depends on us hearing God’s voice; the hope of our future life with God depends on us hearing God’s voice. How we run the race God has called us to for His glory will reveal whether or not we are hearing God’s voice. It’s hard to hear God’s voice today. Because we live in a culture that is so saturated with narcissism, entitlement and selfishness - we tend to confuse our voice with God’s voice. Sadly the line between the Spirit of God and our personal emotions has become so blurred that there are now many in the community of faith who claim the gift of discernment, when in reality they have the gift of opinion.

This is why we need the Word of God and one another. God’s Word, the Bible, will give us guidance regarding what is of God and what is of us. Hebrews 4:12 tells us: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” But we also need one another to know what is of God and what is of us. The Bible is full of one another texts that calls each one us to commit ourselves to a faith community for accountability, growth, mission and mutual discernment.

If we truly know the one true God we will hear His voice. If we know God, we will be able to see and hear beyond our own opinions, beyond what we see and hear in this world. It is then we can press on in our faith, during times of change and struggle, when things look and sound and feel different, dismal or dark - for in the hands of our risen Christ we can and will have faith and believe that what our most sovereign God has in store for us is greater than what we see and hear and feel. True faith, true belief in God will ultimately lead us to personally and intimately know God.