Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
What a startling discovery. One of God’s names is “I am He that doth Speak.” That is who God is. He speaks. He has never stopped being He that doth speak. For about 6 months now I have been going verse by verse through the bible and highlighting every time that God is speaking. Okay, let me clarify. I believe with all my heart that the bible is the Word of God. When Paul is writing God is speaking through him. So I could highlight the entire bible. That is not what I am talking about.
Did you ever get a red letter bible? You know the kind where everything that Jesus said is highlighted in red. There was something special about reading the words that Jesus himself spoke. Well, I’m going through the entire bible verse by verse and doing the same thing for when God is speaking. It has been a life transforming experience. In short, I have discovered that God loves to talk to people. He can’t be quiet and will talk with anyone who will listen.
Most of my life I knew that God spoke to us through the bible but I didn’t know that He could speak to me directly. No one taught me how to hear God’s voice. The problem wasn’t that God wasn’t speaking. The problem was that I didn’t know how to hear him Look at what Jeremiah says.
…and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. 24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. 8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not.
This message is not at all unique to Jeremiah. I just happen to be in Jeremiah right now. All throughout the bible God is speaking and saying to His people, over and over again, “listen to me, I’m talking to you, if you don’t listen to me you will have major problems.”
Israel didn’t do a good job of listening to the voice of God and that is what got them into trouble all the time. We need to learn how to hear God’s voice today. He is speaking. After I wrote the book, Lord, Disciple Me, I had pastors calling me asking me to come and teach their people how to hear God’s voice. That was scary for me at the time because I was just learning myself how to hear God and couldn’t explain it to others. Now teaching people how to hear God is almost a daily activity. On this website, I have a course on “Hearing the Voice of God.” We teach people at our conferences but teaching people how to hear God is also foundational in our ministry. When we minister to people we take time to listen to God. He always speaks to us and the people who come for ministry.
Some of the people who find it the hardest to hear God are religious people who have spent their whole life talking to God. They have never learned to listen or be still so when we are quiet they do all the talking to God.
Hearing God starts with being still and listening to He That Doth Speak.