We recently had an earthquake in our local area which did not arouse much attention. I thought it interesting that in our church building that night, with some standing, others sitting, some were aware of the ground movement and others, myself included, were not. Then it comes to mind, is it not the same in the spiritual world? Why are some individuals sensitive to the movement of God, that they immediately pick up on what he is saying or how he’s moving in a particular service? How do they recognize an anointing on a particular person or the message given; yet others have no sense of the Holy Spirit’s moving and leave God’s presence unchanged. Why? What makes the difference?
If everyone can hear from God, why do not more actually hear his voice?
Is there an art to hearing God’s voice? How does He actually speak? Duet. 4:12 “And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire”, 1 Kings 19:12 “…a gentle whisper” or ”a small still voice”, Job 37:2 “Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth”, Rev. 14:2 ”And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder…”. Others would say they just know in their knower what the Lord is saying, or by an inner voice. He may also speak by illuminating a portion of scripture. I Corinthians 2:10 “But we know about these things because God has sent his Spirit to tell us…”
How did Jesus come to hear his Father’s voice so well? Intimacy! An intimacy that came from spending time alone with God; Jesus had a passion to know his Father, he spent alone time with Him – away from the crowds, one on one.
Jesus says “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” John 10:27. Jesus is a shepherd, our Shepherd. A good shepherd spends time with his sheep, likewise the sheep spend time with the shepherd. As sheep spend time with the shepherd they bond with him, they hear his voice as he tenderly cares for them and they come to recognize his voice among all the other shepherds’ voices, and when he speaks they respond. As believers we are His sheep, are we listening?
Is it time to let a little earthquake in our lives; to crack hard surfaces letting a passion for Jesus bubble up from the depths, to shake off complacency, to rattle foundations bringing us to our knees and letting excuses crumble on why we don’t have time to meditate on the Lord. Maybe a little earthquake to bring down walls and strongholds keeping us from spending time of intimacy with Jesus, our Shepherd, so we can learn to hear his voice, or hear it more clearly.
Anyone ready for earthquakes? Are we willing to say – Lord, bring them on…