Psalm 68:33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
Of course we know that as followers of The Lord Jesus we are commanded to listen to God. But my thought for you to ponder today, beloved, is this. Are you listening for God’s voice? Scripture tells us that God speaks to us. Sadly, there are those who give the impression that when the quill in the hand of John wrote the last verse of The Revelation, God stopped speaking to His people. Now it is true that the revelation of God, as far as His redemptive plan for mankind and His prophetic voice for the end times and Kingdom reign, was completed and cannot be added to or taken away from. Yet, as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, God’s word is alive and He does indeed speak to us as we pray and read His word.
His word is both a light and a lamp for us (Psalm 119:105). We know how to walk and are guided by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). But God’s people also need to hear God’s voice leading them and guiding them as they go about making their daily decisions and as they deal with “on the spot” emergencies or difficult matters. In John 10:3 Jesus says that the sheep hear His voice. In John 10:16, Jesus said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” Then in John 10:27 He said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” What voice was Jesus referring to here in John? Although God does speak to us through The Scriptures, Jesus is referring here to His rhema or spoken word. He is speaking of a word that is given to us for a specific situation.
His spoken word will never violate or be in opposition to the inspired logos of God. This voice might be mighty (our text verse), or it might be a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12,13). That voice can come to us in the form of a correction, warning, comfort, confirmation, clarity of meaning, or course of action. A good example is Isaiah 6:8: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
Beloved, we will never hear God speak to us if we are not listening for Him. Numerous times in Scripture it is God Who initiates a conversation with His people. Learn how to be still and listen to His voice. As you go about your day today, learn to keep in communion and communication with The Lord. Your Great Shepherd promises to lead you and guide you in all of your ways (Psalm 32:8). Selah