Have you ever heard God speak to you? In Revelation 3:20, we are issued an invitation from Heaven, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me.” The words, “if any man hear my voice,” indicates that it is possible for man to hear the voice of God. In fact, it sounds as if it is even expected! This is a plea straight from God, so it is not something that we should pass over lightly. There is no substitute for hearing God’s voice. We might look around and see God in His creation
As we observe how the universe is orchestrated, the planets in orbit, the perfect design in nature, we could be impressed with the thought that there must be a God! That realization is wonderful, but it is no substitute for hearing the voice of God.
Perhaps we recognize God’s hand in an instance of providential protection. Maybe, He kept us safe in a dangerous situation miraculously spared us when we could have been involved in a disastrous circumstance. Recognizing that God preserved us from harm and even death, yes, I have been in each of these situations, but even that is no substitute for hearing the Voice of God.
We thank God for those blessings because we are sure that He provided them. However, even all of these evidences of God’s care and concern for our lives cannot be a substitute for hearing His voice speaks to us.
In the Word of God, we find many instances when God spoke directly to man. Think. of Elijah, the prophet of God. The Lord worked mightily through him! However, he never got away from needing to hear the Voice of God.
At one point in Elijah’s history, he told King Ahab that there would he no rain for three and one half (3 /2) years. How could he presume to make such a statement?
Because he said it “at the Lord’s command. ” Obviously, Elijah knew what it was to hear the Voice of God. He was confident because the Voice of God makes us confident.
Throughout the Word of God we find similar examples. Think of Moses, out in the desert herding sheep and one day he saw a burning bush that was not consumed. Now, add the Voice of God to the picture of Moses. Suddenly, the whole scene takes on meaning. The purpose of the burning bush was to get Moses’ attention so he would hear the Voice of God. God wasn’t interested in Moses having a burning bush experience to talk about the rest of his life.
Has God spoken to your heart? If you have not already heard His voice, you will. He enlightens every man that comes into the world. The invitation in Revelation says, “If any man hear My voice…” Not, if you are fortunate enough, not if you are one of the selected few, but if any man…” God is waiting in anticipation for anyone who will hear His Voice and will open up to Him.