In his book, Experiencing GOD, Blackaby comments,
“Sin has so affected us (see Romans 3:10-11) that you and I cannot understand GOD’s truth unless the Holy Spirit reveals it. He is the Teacher. When He teaches you the Word of GOD, carefully listen to Him and respond to Him. As you pray, watch to see how He uses the Scripture to confirm in your heart a word from GOD. Watch what He is doing around you and in your circumstances. The GOD who is speaking to you as you pray and the GOD who is speaking to you in the Scriptures is the GOD who is also working around you” (Blackaby, Blackaby, & King, 2007, p.43).
Henry’s comment really hit home as I survey my life right now. Truth be told, between my iPod, iMac, iWork, and iChat, I have enough noise in my life to drown out an atomic explosion, much less the voice of GOD.
And sadly enough, most of the time this noise is not the sounds of the secular world; For me, these are often the decibels of ministry, religion, and good works. Even the “right things” in my life may drown out the voice of GOD.
Further, as proud as I may be of my astute answers in Sabbath School, or some profound insight I share in small group, Romans 3, makes it clear that I really “don’t get it.” My own, self-generated efforts to be spiritual are moot, and my eloquent religious comments come from a throat that is an open grave (Romans 3:13). Wow.
It is only in surrender, submission and faith in Jesus Christ that I have righteousness (Romans 3:21-26). And Blackaby suggests that it is through the tutoring of the Holy Spirit that I can discern GOD’s voice, or should I say voices.
- Hearing GOD’s voice through the study of the Bible.
- Hearing GOD’s voice through an intimate prayer life.
- Hearing GOD’s voice by observing what Jesus is doing in the world.
As I turn down the volume in my iWorld, as I surrender to Jesus, as I submit to the teachings of the Holy Spirit, I have great hopes to clearly hear the voices of GOD speak to me. I trust you too will hear the voices.
GOD has not changed. He still speaks to His people.