“When he has brought out all of his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” -John 10:4
Hearing the voice of God…knowing the voice of God…is it really possible? Does God still speak to us today? When I think about this question, I amuse myself by thinking of all the different tones God’s voice could have. And then I think about what other people think God’s voice would sound like. Low and bass toned? High-pitched? Just something fun to think about.
I believe that God does still speak to us today. And this verse in John 10 still speaks truth—we hear God’s voice and follow because we know his voice. I didn’t think it was possible. Growing up, I always complained to God how I could never know for sure if what I was doing was pleasing to him. I just wanted him to speak in verbal words and in an audible voice. But now I understand. He’s been speaking, I just haven’t been listening.
Listening doesn’t only consist of being silent though. Listening for the voice of God consists of being in His Word, talking to him in prayer (as ironic as that may sound), and having a deep and intimate relationship with him. I’ve come to realize that the moments where I feel the most at a loss of what to do with my life are the moments where I neglect my time with God. The moments when I feel like he isn’t speaking are the moments when I’ve turned my back on him, thinking that I know what I’m doing and I don’t need him.
I find that when I’m constantly seeking God and remembering God, I can hear his voice and I know it. It’s amazing, really. I used to think it impossible to hear God’s voice but now I see that it’s really quite simple. All it takes is a heart that yearns for him…a life that fears the Lord, as Dr. Hildenbrand would say. I feel like it may be different for everyone…how one hears the voice of God. I hear it in the conviction in my heart. The Holy Spirit knows exactly how to move me to hear God’s voice in the things I’m doing, thinking, and saying. I believe the Holy Spirit is our best accountability partner.
Recently, I’ve been having a lot of those Spirit-led convictions. It’s funny because I’d say, “I don’t want to do this or that…I shouldn’t be the one apologizing…I don’t want to do it.” But right as the words leave my lips, I know in my heart that that’s exactly what I need to do. If I say that I shouldn’t be the one apologizing, then I know even more that I really should apologize. When I say I don’t want to forgive someone, I know I need to forgive that much more.
That’s how God speaks to me. I hear his voice through having close communion with the King.