The Absence of Light
The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. What is the truth? Truth is the totality of who God is. Another Scripture says, the entrance of the word of God brings light and gives understanding to the simple. You see, as believers, the ability to understand the word of God is what changes us. When understanding is present, darkness disappears. The faintest of light can destroy the thickest darkness. I want this revelation to sit at the throne of your heart. That at your new birth in Christ Jesus, hearing the voice of God is part of your inheritance. It means that once a believer is saved, he does not need to struggle to hear the voice of his father – God. But the problem still lies at the heart of understanding because what you cannot understand, you can never apply. Allow this revelation to revolutionize your mind that you are entitled by the mercies of God to hear the voice of God or be directed by the power of his voice after your salvation.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
The reason why sinner or the un-repented does not hear the voice of God is because of this barrier – sin. And when the child of God decided to be living in sin, that sin will short-circuit the voice of God in his ears. The Bible says my eyes are too holy to behold iniquity. If his eyes are too hold to be holy iniquity, how can God talk to someone who is living in sin? When Adam and Eve sinned, God sent them packing out of the Garden of Eden. The voice of God that usually flourish in the garden in the cool of the evening was distorted because of their sin. There is nowhere in Scripture where we see God coming to Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening after they departed the Garden of Eden. It was the sin of Adam and Eve that cut off the usual voice of God in their ears. And God’s attitude towards iniquity and sin has not changed, the Bible says he is the same yesterday today and forever. If you notice a decline in the way God used to talk to you, maybe this is what you should do – check your life to see if there is any sin you have not repented of or iniquity you haven’t turned away from. When Saul sinned against God, all the channels of the voice of God were closed to Saul, the King of Israel.
1 Samuel 28:4
And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
When Abraham sinned against God his channels for hearing the voice of God were closed for the period of 13 years.
And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
He heard God at 86 years. Then heard him again at 99 years. A total of 13 years. Read Genesis 16 to know the sin that Abraham committed.
The Dearth of Spiritual Activities
Often disregarded by so many people, your spiritual activities such as your prayers, fasting, worship, devotion, dedication, et cetera are things that enhance the flow of God’s divine direction by the power of his voice in your life. The more distant you become from your spiritual engagements, the lesser you will hear the voice of God. If you are observant, you will notice that sometimes during a high moment of dedication and commitment to God, you always hear his voice. That is why as a believer the spiritual tool of worship, of fasting, of prayers, of study of the Bible, of your daily devotion must never be left out of your daily schedule. Those who have ignored their spirituality have done that to the detriment of the voice of God in their ears. I have had believers who were hearing the voice of God and are now complaining that God does not talk to them. When they can simply check their spiritual commitment to see if it has dwindled.
It is disheartening to see people dying in the midst of plenty. It is also hurting to see people living in poverty in the midst of financial abundance. In the same vein, it is also hurting God to hear his children complaining about the voice of God when he is speaking to them every day. The voice of God is available to all of his children and the spirit by which he speaks to us – the Holy Ghost is often gentle and may speak by his still small voice. If the Holy Spirit speaks to you by a still small voice and you haven’t developed spiritual sensitivity, it is impossible for you to hear his voice. Pay careful attention to what goes on in your spirit man. Also, pay careful attention to what goes on in your heart that is the channel through which God’s voice will sound in your ears.
If you pay careful attention to the things we have discussed, you will be amazed at the frequency of the voice of God in your life.