One of the most disconcerting things to me is to find myself in a place where I feel as though I’m not hearing from God. Many people are of the opinion that God has said everything He is going to say, since the bible we have today is what we base our faith on. The truth of the matter is that the written word that He has given us is somewhat as some people have said; “basic instructions before leaving earth.” The bible is not the entirety of all He wants to say to us. God desires to be in constant communication with us; even at times when we feel that we don’t have time to listen.
One of my favorite scriptures is where it says, “He that has an ear, let him hear.” Interestingly, it is said eight times in the book of The Revelation of John. As I pondered those words recently, God actually knocked me upside my head by the following thought: as Webster’s dictionary describes it, words are “speech sound that symbolize or communicate a meaning.” When we speak or are spoken to, the words that are spoken put forth a sound. The sound created by speaking creates vibrations in the atmosphere. Those vibrations that go out into the air don’t stop moving, even though we don’t still hear it. It is simply moving at a different frequency.
That one thought blew me away. The word never stops going forth, it’s the frequency at which it’s moving which inhibits us from being able to hear it. When I got that, it clicked to me that God is always speaking, yet what He is saying is moving at a frequency that we have to tune our hearing to receive it. In other words, “He that has an ear to hear, let him hear.”
One of the indicators that lets us know that God desires to speak to us is when Jesus tells the disciples that he still had much to tell them, although at the time they could not bear the weight of what he had to share. God is so concerned about us and our ability to handle the things He wishes to share with us that He strategically metes out the word that He has for us.
God has given us a five-fold ministry offices through which He is able to speak to us today; apostles, evangelists, pastors, prophets, and teachers. Too many have placed their own significance on each of these offices through which He speaks, to the neglect or devaluing of the others. They are all invaluable to the perfecting of the body of believers.
The apostle sets order for the body, that there might be direction and harmony within the body, to display unity a favor through obedience. The message of the evangelist calls us to repentance and brings us into right fellowship with the Father. The Pastor shepherds by nurturing, feeding, protecting the body, displaying the heart of God to care for us. Paul even tells us that the gift of the prophetic word is to be desired, that we might know the heart of God. The teacher breaks down the written word so that we can learn what has already been said, gives insight so that we can take it and make daily application of it to our lives. It all works together for our good.
Tuning our ears to hear what God is saying is a matter for us to develop as believers. We must recognize that God does not only speak in that written form known as the bible, or only on Sunday through one of the five-fold offices, He is constantly speaking in us, through us, and all things around us. We have to focus our hearing to the frequency He is communicating on in the same manner as tuning in a transistor radio.
Like a satellite dish, your ear must be turned towards the direction from which His word is coming. Though God changes not, we do. As we grow in Him, God reveals parts of Himself that are new to us, and things that we are able to handle because we’ve reached a new level in Him. We move from glory to glory, so our hearing must become more astute and refined to pick up the fresh thing God is saying in the present day we are in. Culture is constantly in flux, evolving and building on the foundation. God adds a new layer and dimension to our understanding through what He speaks as we are able to handle it. So I say to you this day, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”
QUESTION: What ways do you find work for you to ensure that you are hearing what God is saying?
- Hearing from God – Prophesy (holyspiritcomfort.com)
- Communion with God (revelationsingrace.wordpress.com)
- Hearing God in the Silence (cindyagoncillo.wordpress.com)
- Can We Really Hear God Speak? by Heather Bryant Tyson (gracefullwomen.com)
- Do prophets still exist today? (conmakhalira.wordpress.com)
- Do Christians Hear Voices? (thoughtsonscripture.com)
- A Being Living inside of You (sonlightdevotional.org)