God Speaks With An Audible Voice
My husband heard an audible command, “LOOK LEFT”! It was late one Saturday afternoon. He was running errands a few miles from our home. The night before, we had participated in the choir at a healing crusade. While driving, he was humming the new worship songs we had learned. Traffic was quiet as most people had reached their destination for the evening. The weather was clear and sunny. He was nearing a T intersection where he would have to turn left. Twenty-five yards from the intersection, he heard an audible voice speak loudly from behind his left shoulder, “LOOK LEFT”! It was so directional, he turned his head to the left to see if someone was in the back seat of his vehicle. Clearly, no one was in the car but the audible voice he heard shook him. The voice was commanding! As he approached the intersection he began to slow down, although his light was green. Looking left he saw a truck on the street intersecting with his, but knew they had a red light. He slowed cautiously as they both drew closer to the light. He slammed on his brakes at the last moment, as he watched the truck barreling through the intersection on a red light! Shocked, he then continued forward into the intersection safely turning left. It took a moment to realize a miracle had just taken place.
He would have been T-boned by the truck at his driver side door, had the Lord not spoken to him audibly. The speeding vehicle could have caused instant death or debilitating injuries had he not heard and heeded God’s voice. He was alerted of possible danger which caused him to avoid disaster. It was God’s goodness to speak a warning to him on an otherwise inconsequential drive home.
Moses saw a burning bush and then heard the audible voice of God. He was on the back side of the desert at the base of Mt. Sinai which was called the mountain of God. The Angel of the Lord (the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ) appeared to him as fire in a burning bush that was not consumed. “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I. God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. Also He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to Look at God.” See Exodus 3:1-22, especially vs. 4-6.
When Moses and the Israelites received the 10 Commandments, God spoke to them audibly. It was God Himself, Who wrote the commandments by His own hand on the clay tablets. God initiated His Law of conduct/morality to all people and it is irrevocable. Deuteronomy 5:22-24 “These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud and the thick darkness, with a loud voice: and He spoke not again [added no more]. He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me [Moses], and when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near me, all the heads of the tribes and your elders; And you said, Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire; we have this day seen that God speaks with man and man still lives.” It has been estimated there must have been close to 2,000,000 Israelites who left Egypt with Moses. That was a large audience to confirm hearing the audible voice of God. His voice was so powerful they were terrified. The Israelites asked that in the future, any instruction from the Lord would go directly to Moses and Moses could inform them personally. Moses documented the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. He had first-hand knowledge of four of those books and recorded every word the Lord God spoke to him. Those Books include the Ten Commandments as well as God’s law in regard to moral conduct and the practice of the Jewish faith.
As a young man, Samuel heard the audible voice of God. He was resting in the temple near the Ark of the Covenant when the Lord God called out his name. He had been dedicated to the Lord’s work after he was weaned and was raised by Eli the priest. The Lord was calling him to be His prophet to Israel because Eli was near the end of his life. See 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19-21. The Bible says every word Samuel prophesied came to pass.
When the Lord Jesus walked the earth ministering, multiplied thousands of people heard the audible voice of God. Many heeded His voice but sadly, others of His own Jewish heritage, including the hierarchy of the Jewish faith, not only ignored the voice of God, they tried to eliminate it by having Him crucified. The words of Jesus were carefully recorded by the authors of the four Gospel books: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew and John were of the twelve disciples Jesus had chosen and walked with the Lord the three years he ministered before His crucifixion and resurrection. Their first-hand accounts confirm each other’s with startling accuracy.
In this series of “How God Speaks” I have shown the reader how clearly and concisely God reaches out to all people giving them the opportunity to hear His voice. He speaks through: 1) nature/creation, 2) His infallible and eternal written word (the Bible), 3) internally (through our heart or innermost being), 4) others (friends, pastors and church leaders), 5) visions, 6) dreams/trances and 7) His own audible voice. When we choose to quiet ourselves to seek the Lord, it is not hard to hear Him speaking. In “How God Speaks Part 1”, I gave scripture explaining that all nature is continually speaking a clear message that God exists and is Creator. See Psalm 19:1-4.
A true disciple of Jesus Christ has two tremendously powerful tools with which to navigate through the maze of ideologies, theorems, opinions and doctrines of men regarding the Christian faith. One is the Bible, the written word of God recorded by those who lived in different centuries but had first-hand encounters with God, and the other is the indwelling Holy Spirit given to each believer. They are a safety-net, our surety and security. The true voice of God will never contradict the written word of God, it will always confirm it.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8. “You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2. “But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever, And this Word is the good news which was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:25. “I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and you have magnified Your word above all Your name!” Psalms 138:2.
His word and principles will never be out-of-date. They will never evolve. They will never be changed or eliminated. No matter what man chooses to believe or follow, God has the first and the last say. “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord God, He Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty (the Ruler of all). See Revelation 1:8 “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6.
The Lord’s voice is not weak and it is not silent. For those who seek Him, His voice is like the roar of a Lion! It surpasses all the other voices in this world that are meant to confuse and dismay, yet it can also be as soft as a gentle breeze.
His Kingdom is not a democracy, therefore, the majority opinion does not rule. His laws are not up for a vote. His word is not a smorgasbord of pick and choose what one likes, ignoring the rest of His instructions. Our contemporary world is filled with the voices of those who would not only change the meaning of the written word of God (Bible) but would actually prefer to eliminate it all together. If we are to connect with the Lord, we must remove ourselves from the banter of man’s opinions, science’s theories, and the manipulation of special interest groups. God is not moved by them and neither will His Word be changed by them. We must also lay our preferential outcome and desires (our personal will) on the altar before the Lord. We will hear His voice only when we humble ourselves, desiring only that His perfect will to be done in us. When we have ignored all the “ambient “noises” we can truly be still and KNOW that He is God. Then, in His presence alone, we will hear His Voice!
Out of the deluge, the Lord will speak clearly to those who are His. He sits as King over the deluge of man’s opinions. See Psalm 29:10. In that secret place, we will hear His voice. He will call us to come out from among the world and to stand with Him. When we do, “The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11.
God is speaking; are we listening?