One of the characteristics of the nature of God is that God speaks. In Genesis, the spoken word of God shatters through the formless, dark void and God’s voice creates life, peace, and order. (God said, “Let there be light.” Genesis 1:3) God’s voice brought the created order into being. Throughout the biblical witness, God shares communication with the created human population. God spoke to Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Elijah, Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist, and many others in scripture. God continues to speak to us today. God invites us into relationship through Jesus Christ his Son and hopes for an ongoing, daily conversation with us.
Sometimes we hear God’s voice in a dream, experience his word to us in a vision, or sense God’s voice as an impression on our spirit. Sometimes we hear God’s word in prayer, find God’s voice searching the scriptures, hear God through the voices of other Christians, or discover God’s message to us through Christian music. There are many ways God’s voice endeavors to reach us.
Today it is more difficult than ever to hear God’s voice. Why? Because the volume of all of the voices around us continually escalates. Where can we find spaces of quiet stillness to listen for the voice of God? The intense voices of news commentators, the dominant sounds of the television, the blaring car radio flood our ears. All day long, conversations swirl around us. Our lives vibrate with restless noise. Even when we are alone, we have our iPod, our Spotify, and our earbuds filling our minds. Even if we turn all of that off, we still have our own voices streaming through our heads. Is it any wonder we struggle to hear the voice of the Lord?
Mother Theresa said, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. God speaks in the silence of the heart.”
God wants you to hear his voice. God has a word of life to share with you. God has a plan for your future. God has guidance for your situation. God has a word of encouragement for your circumstance. God has a love message he wants you to know.
Do you want to hear from God?
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Join us for our next sermon series Voices beginning Sunday, October 15. We will explore how three biblical characters come to hear the voice of God and discover how God’s word changed their life.
-Dr. Jan Davis
Central’s Senior Pastor