Leap of Faith
Last night, my wife and I were watching a new episode of Blue Bloods titled “Leap of Faith”. The major theme for this episode is an ongoing debate about whether God speaks to His children today. Some of the characters believe that He does indeed speak to us, others believe that He does not, and the rest just aren’t sure. The clincher is that one word, heard by one of the characters seemingly out of the blue, and completely unrelated to the case at hand, leads to the solving of that case.
Conversations with God
Well, this show sparked something in me and got me thinking: are there actually Christians out there who truly believe that God does not speak to them? Quite honestly, this concept is rather foreign to me, for I have heard the Lord speak to me personally for as far back as I can remember. It is not an audible voice like talking with another person face-to-face; rather it is that “still, small voice” deep down in the recesses of my heart. When He says something to me, and I recognize it as such, it is like an unshakable knowing beyond knowing that my heavenly Father is talking. Most of the time, this Word spoken to my heart is accompanied by a sense of peace, certitude and strength.
People do not hear His voice?
Because of this lifelong two-way dialog with the Lord, it is admittedly difficult, and in fact almost impossible, for me to understand that not all people hear the voice of God. Conversation with God has been such a natural part of my life that I cannot fathom anybody going through life not knowing this and experiencing this for themselves. But I guess that not everyone has caught hold of this blessing; most likely, precious few folks today really do hear God’s voice, even among committed Christians. There are many reasons for this, which we will likely explore in future articles. But for now, let me reassure you…
God really does speak to each of us
Yes, it is true, He does have, or desires to have, conversations with each and every one of us, we who are His beloved children. This intimacy is NOT, as most people would have us believe, reserved for the holiest of saints. No, it is available to us all, if we would but trust Him and open ourselves to Him.
How can I hear His Voice?
Do you want to hear the voice of God spoken to you personally? Here are some practical pointers:
- Have the faith to believe that He really wants to talk with you one-on-one.
- Have the fortitude to quiet your heart down so that you can hear that still, small voice within you. This means: stop everything, shut up, and just listen.
- Cultivate the trust that it really is Him speaking to you.
- Let go of your fears, doubts and intellectual objections (aka rationalizations, excuses, etc.), and open yourself to Him.
- Have the courage to obey what He tells you in your heart, for the more you obey, the more clearly you can discern His voice.
- Embrace the peace and certitude that comes with hearing His Word spoken to you.
- Recognize that He speaks to you in many different ways, all through the day.
- Expect that He will teach you many wonderful things as you walk together in this journey called life.
- Believe that the Lord wants to be your friend.
- And finally, embrace the infinite Love that He has for you!
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends,* because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. (John 15:15)