This post will be part of a series to lay the foundation and biblical understanding of living prophetically. Later, we will look at the definition of New Testament prophecy, why every Christian has the ability to prophesy, and how prophecy works with God.
Communicating with the God of the Universe is a profound task.
Philosophers, kings, queens, and sages have been trying to understand it for eons.
In the multitude of voices around us, however, one has to understand who God is before they can recognize His voice. If I didn’t know what my friend sounded like amidst a crowd, how on earth (or in heaven :)) could I locate them?
The God of Israel is everlasting, eternal, immovable, unchangeable (1 Timothy 1:17). He doesn’t change like the shifting shadows (James 1:17). He is just, He does not give people what they don’t deserve (2 Thessalonians 1:16). He is good through and through, there is nothing dark in Him (1 John 1:5). And yet, He is also loving, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Psalm 145:8). He is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4). He wants everyone to be in his favor (1 Timothy 2:4). He loves the world He created (John 3:16). And that’s just the beginning!
Wouldn’t it make sense then, if there is a God who is so able and caring with the people He created, that He would want to speak with us? That he would want to communicate about Himself to the people He created?
And here’s a point in that can subtly deceive many people: if God is not hindered by anything (He is God after all), than He certainly can speak to human beings. Sometimes we think that we have the ability to block out God’s voice, or that He is not speaking. God is always seeking to communicate with His people (Job 33:4). We can definitely ignore God’s voice, but when you do stop and listen for Him, He will speak.
But what He is trying to say to us? There are many ideas floating around in our culture that have caused many to not want to hear him speak. We’re told He would condemn us. Or remind us that our bible hasn’t moved from our bedside in weeks. Or that we need to try harder, again.
But if God is so kind and loving, and describes Himself as the Father of all (Ephesians 4:6), than what good Father, upon connecting afresh with His children, would first tell them that they have some serious work to do? May the LORD take this deception away from us! No matter what your relationship with your earthly Father looks like, know that God is the perfect Daddy. His first and foremost view of you in Christ is that He loves you so much, and He desperately wants you to know it so that you can be reconciled and close in spirit with Him every day. Who wouldn’t want to hear God’s voice then?
I encourage you to take some time this week, regardless of whether you have heard God’s speak to you before, to listen for His heavenly call. It will feel like your Father talking, and it will touch upon your heart strings. It is almost too tender a topic to broach here.
Hear His call of love? Feel free to share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section!
Declaration: I know that God is my loving Father, and I relate to Him as such. I easily hear His voice and am in a love relationship with Him. I grasp His feelings towards me and am emboldened by them more and more everyday!