We are gaining height in our topic under analysis this month, divine direction by the power of God’s voice. If you have missed any of the topics prior to this article, you can check series 1 here and series 2 here.
Although it is customary for God to speak to every believer, there is an attitude you can maintain that will ensure the flourishing of the voice of God in your ears. It is the intent of this article to examine some of the ways you can make God speak to you. By the end of this article, I believe that you can provoke the voice of God in your ears.
The Attitude of Obedience
If you will hear the voice of God, learning the attitude of obedience is unavoidable. It is as simple as that. There is no complexity in the statement above. If you really want to hear the voice of God, you must learn the attitude of obedience. By simple definition, obedience is doing what the Lord has commanded. We can see that in the book of John 2:5 when Mary told the people that whatever he commanded you to do, do it.
It is, however, sad that many of us are desiring to hear the voice of God but have completely failed him in the obedience front. If you want to know whether you possess the attitude of obedience, check on the previous instructions that God has given unto you. Have you obeyed them? Or are they laying in abeyance? Having answered the questions above, you will be able to tell outrightly if you are an obedient child or daughter of God. The day you change your attitude towards the instructions that God has given you that is the moment that God will begin to speak to you. God’s voice will sound and continue to sound in the ears of the obedient. The Bible clearly makes us understand that the rebellion will live in a dry land.
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Dry land is a place that the voice of God can’t be heard. Want to hear the voice of God, then you must learn the basic fact that obedience is the first place to begin.
The Attitude of Inquiry
This, of course, remains the place where many of us fail. We are just generally allergic to asking questions and receiving answers. We are okay asking people but God’s opinion doesn’t matter. David was a great man of God, and his life challenged us to arm ourselves with the attitude of inquiry. When a believer inquires, he will surely receive his answers.
1 Samuel 30:8
And David inquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
2 Samuel 2:1
And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
There was never a time that David inquired of the Lord that he didn’t get an answer from the Lord. In fact, the Bible says that we should ask, and we will receive. God is committed to answering all your inquiries if you can direct them to him.
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
The requirement is for us to make our inquiries and God will surely answer. But if you don’t want to talk as if the words of your mouth will cost you $1 billion, then you will surely not receive the things you are asking for. After all, it is only a question that can require an answer.
Friends, it is our obligation to ask God, and it is God’s faithfulness to answer us.