Introduction: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17).The passage dwells on 3 things; Faith, Hearing and, the Word (Voice) of God. Faith comes by sight and sound. Thus, when God speaks (Sound) the believer catches prophetic pictures (sight) for his future. The sight and sound of God determines the believer’s destiny. Hearing implies a voice; it can either be audible or inaudible. In other words, a voice can be clear or silent. There are many voices in the world which includes the Voice of God. E.g. BBC, CNN, VOA etc. Nonetheless, Satan also has a voice. ”If thou be the Son of God …” (Mat.4:3 KJV) In fact voices rule the world; it gives direction and determines destinies.
The Voice of God: The Voice of God through His leadership leads the children of God. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27) The sheep (believer) is supposed to be in constant fellowship with the Shepherd (Christ) The sheep who is following the Voice of God will stay in peace and quietness even in moments of anxiety. If the sheep finds himself in the valley of the shadow of death, it takes the Voice of God to rescue him. Simply put, the Voice of God has the ability to give the believer a competitive edge over his enemies. Indeed, God’s Voice is supposed to lower every other voice. A sheep without a shepherd is pitiable and will be stranded. ”All we like sheep have gone astray we have turned everyone to his own way; …” (Is 53:6) The sheep who stray from following the Shepherds Voice stands the risk of falling into the valley of the shadow of death.
The various channels by which God speaks: God does not speak to people face to face. No one has ever seen God. “No man hath seen God at any time; … “(John 1:18). God speaks to His people through various media. For instance, God spoke to Father Abraham by His Voice. God’s Voice in the Old Testament: God spoke to His people through various forms; radio (Voice of God), pictures (dreams) and signs and tokens. “And he said unto him … then shew me a sign that thou talkest to me” (Judges 6:17) Once, Gideon wanted to be sure of God’s Voice, so he tested the genuineness of God’s Voice with the evidence of a fleece and dew. (See Judges 6: 11 following) God’s Voice in the New Testament: The principal way by which God speaks to believers is known as the “inner witness” or “inner voice” or the “still small voice”. It is essentially so because God Himself is living in us. “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. … The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:14-16. See also Jer. 33:3) Even though we have the “inner witness”, it is not the only way. The advantage of the New Testament believer is that he is graced with hearing God’s Voice through a combination of both the OT and NT media forms of communication. This makes the believer greater than the OT times. “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, sayeth the Lord of hosts …” (Hag. 2:9KJV See also Heb. 8:6)
The importance of the Voice of God: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and its profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Tim. 3:16 KJV).The importance of God’s Voice underlies the fact that the one who is being led will be furnished and equipped by everything that makes one’s life worth living. It is therefore to teach, correct, admonish and direct seeking the Voice of God: The case of David: David continually inquired of the Lord before he made any advancement. “And David inquired at the Lord, shall I pursue after this troop?”(1 Sam. 30:8 KJV See also 2 Sam. 21:1) As a believer, the Voice of God must always be attached to your knees (prayer); seeking God’s Voice for direction in this life. Jesus Christ our Example: Jesus Christ did not do anything on his own except by seeking the Voice of God in all circumstances. “I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”(John 5:30 KJV) All believers must look at Jesus and follow suit.
Some desirable benefits that come with hearing the Voice of God:
The case of Jesus Christ:
1. Hearing the Voice of God reveals one’s identity, i.e. who you are. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mat. 3:17) The Voice of God gave Jesus inspiration to aspire.
2. It gives divine backing. (See Luke 3:22) Jesus was empowered by the Voice of God for his ministry.
3. Hearing the Voice of God gives the Father’s approval. “And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son …” (Mark 1:11 KJV)
Food for thought: “If you are too big to go down on your knees, then you are too small for a breakthrough”.
1. How is the Voice of God important to the believer?
2. By what medium does today’s believer hear the Voice of God?
3. Outline some of the importance attached to hearing the Voice of God.
CONCLUSION: If you are exposed to the Voice of God, you will know the Voice of God no matter the competing voices.