“God does speak -- now one way; now another – though man may not perceive it.” (Job 33:14).
OK, so we’ve just completed a fly over of the Vocabulary of the Kingdom; a high altitude glance at many of the ways that God is pleased to make Himself known to us – even though we may not perceive it.
Remember, the verse says that we MAY not perceive it – it doesn’t say that we cannot. And that’s good news. Because the door is left open for us – we know believe and know that God will speak to us, and that we may indeed perceive when He does so, understanding what He says to us.
How do we get to that place? What does it take? What needs to happen in our lives to cause us to be open to the word of the Lord in all its various voices? How can we learn to hear God’s voice speaking to us through the Scripture, through dreams and visions, through prophetic ministry, through natural and supernatural things?
Putting it in the simplest of terms, I have found that it takes these three things: humility, availability, and submission. Let me briefly explain.
Humility is the God-given self-assurance that eliminates the need to prove to others the worth of who you are, and the rightness of what you do. It’s the freedom that comes from agreeing with God. It the content of a pure heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart,” Jesus said, “for they shall see God.” In other words, when our hearts are pure we are free to walk in humility – and that is when we begin perceiving God’s voice.
The prophet Micah said, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8).
This brings us to the second requirement – Availability. “Speak, Lord,” said the boy Samuel in the still of the night, “for Your servant is listening.” The Bible tells us that the eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the whole earth, that He might show Himself strong on behalf of those “whose heart is completely His” (2 Ch.16:9). The Prophet Isaiah serves as a great example – “Here am I! Send me!” It has been said that the two greatest abilities of any individual are availability and dependability. That’s what it take to hear God’s voice. Are you available? Are you dependable?
And, third, it takes Submission. Let’s look at that word. The root word is mission. When you place the prefix “sub” to the word, we see it in a new and brighter light. It is not “submission”, as in living your life in servile restriction to somebody who holds power over you. No! Rather it is sub-MISSION – the intentional reordering of your life UNDER the mission of another! And in this matter – the Other is the Lord Jesus Himself.
When your life is marked by Humility, Availability, and Submission (i.e., H.A.S.) – you may rest assured that you will learn to hear the voice of the Lord as He walks with you and talks with you along life’s varied ways. After all, He is yours, and YOU are His – He HAS you in the palm of His hands!