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Recognizing the Voice

Empty man-made religion or life-giving relationship? What is God offering us?

Without hesitation, most Christians would say relationship, but how many relationships do you have that require no interactions, conversations, or meeting of any kind?

We may not always understand it, but God is speaking. He may speak a word to our heart or spirit. He may audibly speak. He may use another person. He may speak through a song, poem, art, or movie. He’s making Himself known and invites us into e communication.

A God who doesn’t speak is no god at all

Psalm 115:2-8 gives us some insight into how God views and values speaking.

2 Why should the nations say, “Where, now, is their God?”
3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands.
5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;
6 They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;
7 They have hands, but they cannot feel;
They have feet, but they cannot walk;
They cannot make a sound with their throat.
8 Those who make them will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them.

Did you notice that the list of what idols don’t have begins and ends with speaking/a voice? They have mouths but cannot speak, they have throats but cannot utter even a sound. God finds it utterly ridiculous that anyone would call this a god! There is no interaction.

Yet many believe or at least, live as if God quit talking a long time ago, that He is removed from the creation He loves so dearly. Some will even live by the old adage, “money talks” while ignoring the voice of heaven.

Jesus said that His sheep know His voice. If there is no voice anymore then are we not His sheep? Or could our seeming inability to hear possibly, maybe not have a thing to do with God’s ability to speak?

A.W. Tozer talks about this in chapter 6 of the Pursuit of God,

God is forever seeking to speak Himself out to His creation. The whole Bible supports the idea. God is speaking. Not God spoke, but God is speaking. He is by His nature continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking Voice… This word of God is the breath of God filling the world with living potentiality.

His word set it all in motion and keeps it running. His breath fills our world with divine potential. The reality of His voice asserts His supremacy and desire for relationship.

The only question is, do we recognize the sound?

How about you? Do you recognize His voice? What is the most interesting way you’ve experienced God communicating to you or getting your attention?


Welcome to week 11 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it, taking two weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.

8 Comments

  1. I’m thankful that I was taught to seek out and listen for the voice of God. I am not going to say that I don’t have moments when I am totally oblivious to it, but I can recognize it in multiple forms. Thanks Jason for your encouragement to listen once again today.
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    • I’m with you on all counts there, Philip! :) Thanks.

  2. God speaks to me in so many way- just like you listed. It’s sad that so many will write those things off as coincidence instead of seeing God use various tools to communicate with us.

    A relationship takes communication in order to grow, God’s no different. I love hearing Him and I take comfort in knowing He hears me.

    Great post.

    • I agree. There is just no way it can all be coincidence and the peace that fills me when I receive what He’s speaking--awesome! Thanks so much, TC.

  3. God speaks to me in the precise way Tozer explained it, “And it is best the we get alone, preferably with our Bible outspread before us.” That is what keeps me spiritually alive.

    I was surprised that he didn’t quote the verse, “The earth declares Your majesty,” when talking about the constant voice of God in this world. I loved the point Tozer makes about God speaking throughout the generations and will continue until He comes in His glory.

    • How precious are His written words! There is a verse in Psalm 119 that I read again this morning and love--”Your testimonies are my counselors.” We have a whole book of His testimonies and how He spoke into situations and lives, rescued, restored, saved, and healed. I want those to be my counselors, not my own wisdom or prevailing thoughts! Thanks so much, Floyd.

  4. I tend to hear His voice more clearly when I’m in my quiet place then when I’m busy getting my stuff done, but I am continuing to learn how to hear Him in every moment of every day.
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    • I know what you mean. It’s like with any relationship. We get focused on our work and what’s at hand and we may not even hear a person standing right in front of us (sadly, I’ve done it with my kids too often). It’s learning to stop and listen, valuing that relationship rightly. I’m with you, Jason. Thank you.