Hearing the Voice of the Living God
Today I would like to quote a friend from Kenya. Fredrick Simiyu is a pastor and a member of my Facebook group Bride’s Heart. He asked me to edit a manuscript he is writing. I quote from Frederik’s The Voice of the Living God: “The language of impossibility ceases when we hear the voice of God and properly appropriate it. His voice transports His being. His voice carries His power and wisdom. Faith comes with the voice of God. Once you hear God, He becomes committed to bring to pass His will and command: He hides His mind and heart in His voice.”
Why does His voice transport His being? We cannot know a human without talking to them and getting to know by their words and actions who they are, so it is with God. Remember, He speaks to us directly and through His word. He does not hide His heart from us. Does a bride keep her veil on throughout the marriage? She does not and we should not. We are to come to Him with all we are and allow Him to show us the things we hide in darkness. But let’s look at a further point we need to understand.
Fredrick says, “He hides His mind and heart in His voice.” Who knows us best in this life? Who can tell by a comment or gesture what we think? Our spouse is the person who learns us this well. We have a covenant relationship and years of talking to and learning each other. Our Heavenly Spouse will help us remove the veils and be open before Him.
Jesus calls us to covenant with Him. We know this because of His blood shed for us.
But, listen to the story that broke the heart of God.
In Exodus 19 the Lord called Israel to covenant. God told them they would be a kingdom of priests, God’s own possession and a special people, but for this to happen they had to obey His voice.
In Exodus 20 the Lord appeared to them and the mountain quaked and lightning flashed. The people of God were afraid of God and asked Moses to speak to God lest they die. They refused the direct voice of God and received instead a law they could never keep. They refused to be people of a covenant by refusing the voice of God.
God’s opinion of this:
Jere. 7:22 “’For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.’”
Hearing the voice of God can be fearful because we become responsible for what we hear. Yet, the benefit is great. We will know the heart and mind of God and delight His heart as we obey Him. We will be a kingdom of priests who worship and adore Him, His covenant people and His possession.
Covenant or Not
Those unwilling to listen for His voice and obey when He speaks are not in covenant. Does this sound harsh? Listen to God’s own words: 24 “Yet they did not obey or incline their ear,”. The people of God did not listen. We must listen to be in covenant. When Jesus died, He reestablished the covenant by His voice. That is why God ripped the veil of the temple in half from top to bottom, Matt. 27:51
We have entry into the very throne room of God to hear His voice and know His heart. When He speaks He reveals who He is. This is the legacy of our covenant, to know the mind and heart of God who died to marry us. Or as Fredrick says we get to hear “The Voice of the Living God”