God never speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand, and we say, “I wonder if that is the Lord speaking to me?” Isaiah said; “the Lord spoke to me with a strong hand,” that is, by the pressure of circumstances. Get in the habit of saying, “Speak Lord,” and life will become much more abundant. Every time circumstances press on you, say, “Speak Lord” and make time to listen. There is no escape when our Lord speaks He always speak with a clear understanding.
Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken to you in the language you know best, not through your ears, but through your circumstances. Chastening is more than a means of discipline, it is meant to get us to the place of saying, “Speak Lord.” Remember the last time God did speak to you. Have you forgotten what He said? Did God say; “Stand still, wait, I am with you or stand fast?” Do you remember thinking, as you heard the words “Lord is that you?”
It is not unusual to forget what God said the first time He spoke to you. I would wager that most Christians do not remember the things God spoke to them or if they recognized the voice. We have to practice listening and familiarize ourselves with the “quiet still voice” of God. Developing the habit of saying “Speak Lord” will only succeed when we commit ourselves to the practice of listening.
Shall I tell my “Eli” what God has shown to me? That is where the dilemma of obedience comes in. We disobey God by becoming over-protective of our “Eli”—I must shield the best person I know from the words the Lord spoke to me or what He has shown me in my vision. God did not tell Samuel to tell Eli, he had to decide that for himself. Furthermore, God did not tell Samuel not to tell Eli. God’s call to you may hurt your “Eli,” but if you try to prevent the suffering in another life, it will prove an obstruction to the relationship between your soul and God.
Never ask the advice of another about anything God makes you decide before him. If you do ask advice, you will nearly always side with the third-party. The apostle Paul said, “Immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” What the Spirit of God speaks to you is between you and the Spirit of God, it is a two-party conversation, the most private conversation you will ever experience.
Too often Christians hear the voice of God and continue in the confidence of our convictions. “I know this is what I should do”—and suddenly the voice of God speak in a way that overwhelms us by revealing the depths of our unwillingness to say “Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth.” God has a word of caution for all of us that have heard his voice and failed to respond; “On the day that you hear my voice, harden not your heart.” May you be blessed by the Lord who made heaven and earth and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
- Are You Listening? (pjsprayerline.blogspot.com)
- The Voice of God Gets Through (smoodock45.wordpress.com)