Understanding How God Speaks

May 1, 2013 | Tags: , ,

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Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.

-1 Samuel 3:9

Have you ever felt frustrated, wondering why God is not speaking to you? Maybe you’ve been waiting. Maybe you’ve been praying. Maybe you’ve been reading your Bible. But you are still not hearing God’s voice yet. Be encouraged, Beloved! God longs to speak to you. He longs to develop a deeper relationship with you through two-way communication–you to God and He to you. You can hear God speak to you. Let’s take a moment to understand how God speaks as shown in the Bible.

1. God is always speaking. The problem does not lie with Him. The problem lies in us not being in the best position to hear from Him. God is always speaking through His creation. Romans 1:19-20 says, “Since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made.” God is also speaking through His servants, other believers. Second Corinthians 5:19-20 says, “He has committed the message of reconciliation to us [believers]. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God.'” This brings us to our next important point.

2. We have to be cleansed of our sins in order to hear. When the prophet Isaiah had a vision of the throne room of heaven, his first reaction was to fall down before the Lord and lament over his sins before a perfect, sinless God. God then cleansed Him of his sins, and He was able to hear from God. Isaiah 6:1-8 says:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe filled the temple. Seraphim were standing above Him; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;
His glory fills the whole earth.

The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.

Then I said:

Woe is me for I am ruined
because I am a man of unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips,
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts.

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said:

Now that this has touched your lips,
your wickedness is removed
and your sin is atoned for.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:

Who should I send?
Who will go for Us?

I said:

Here I am. Send me.

3. God will not give up in making His message known to us. Thankfully, the burden of making God’s message known to us does not fall on us, it falls on God. Therefore, He will continue to speak His message until we understand it. God called out to the prophet Samuel three times. At first, Samuel could not understand who was speaking to Him. But God did not give up on the young prophet. He kept speaking and calling out until Samuel realized it was the Lord who was talking. Look at 1 Samuel 3:1-10:

The boy Samuel served the Lord in Eli’s presence. In those days the word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread.One day Eli, whose eyesight was failing, was lying in his room. Before the lamp of God had gone out, Samuel was lying down in the tabernacle of the Lord, where the ark of God was located.Then the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am.” He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”“I didn’t call,” Eli replied. “Go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.Once again the Lord called, “Samuel!”

Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“I didn’t call, my son,” he replied. “Go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel had not yet experienced the Lord, because the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again, for the third time, the Lord called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the boy. He told Samuel, “Go and lie down. If He calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The Lord came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”

Samuel responded, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”

4. Have you asked God to speak to you? I know this may sound like a silly question at first, but then you may think for a moment. Have you intentionally asked God to speak to you and to help you understand? James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” If it is a matter of simply not asking, then ask away! How often do we not receive from God simply because we do not ask?

5. Trust God. God is perfect in all His ways. He will speak to you in the perfect time, and any waiting on His behalf is always because He has a greater purpose behind it. He wants to display His glory. Make a choice to trust Him today, and know that He will speak to you when the time is right.

By Courtney Silberman

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