We Need to Hear God But It Doesn’t Need To Be God’s Audible Voice
There are many issues in Christianity that are as clear as can be. It’s clear that God speaks. The Bible begins and ends with God speaking. It’s also clear the Bible is the primary way God speaks to everyone. What isn’t clear is what other ways God may speak to us.
A problem arises when people teach or imply the experience of hearing God’s audible voice is more important or desirable than any other way God speaks. These folks have set up an artificial standard that is not biblical. Unfortunately many feel defeated or like second class Christians because they haven’t heard God’s audible voice.
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I absolutely believe God speaks to us and does so often. I do not believe hearing God’s audible voice is the normal way he speaks with people or that we should seek that. What you think and what I think isn’t at issue here. Let’s see what the Bible says.
6 Biblical Reasons Why We Should Not Seek To Hear God’s Audible Voice
- Nowhere in the Bible are we told to seek to hear God’s audible voice. The Bible doesn’t say one is more spiritual or mature because one has heard the audible voice of God. If it’s important why doesn’t God tell us to seek it? The first thing Jesus says to seek is the kingdom of God and His righteousness Matthew 6:33.
- It wasn’t the norm in the Bible to hear God’s audible voice. God speaks through angels, dreams, visions or prophets. Can you think of an average person in the Bible who heard the audible voice of God? Job did (Job 38). If that’s what it takes to hear God’s audible voice, I’ll pass.
- God’s written Word not His audible voice was the delight and highest desire of the Psalmist, Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119.
- A group of people at Berea heard the Apostle Paul’s new teaching and wanted to know if it was from God. They didn’t seek to hear God’s audible voice to validate Paul’s teaching. They searched the scriptures to see if what he taught were true. Acts 17:11
- God allowed a spirit to lie to a group of prophets who thought they were hearing truth from God. 1 Kings 22:19-23. There’s no way to evaluate objectively what one “hears.” It may or may not be from God.
- We don’t need to hear God’s audible voice. The Bible has everything in it we need to become mature, complete children of God 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Jude 3.
I’m not saying that you cannot hear God’s audible voice. I’m not saying you have not heard God’s audible voice. It would be preposterous for me to say that. What man could limit God?
Here is what I am saying. Seek to know and love the Father, Son and Spirit with all your heart Matthew 22:36-39. If He chooses to bless you with a special experience, hallelujah! If He doesn’t, hallelujah! No matter what, rejoice your name is written in heaven Luke 10:20.
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