As children grow up, they learn to hear and distinguish the voices of people around them. They are able to distinguish the voice of their parents, from their siblings and friends. John 10:27 states “my sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (NKJV). As children of God, we are supposed to be able to hear and distinguish God’s voice from the voice of the enemy. When the sheep hear the voice of their Master, they follow Him; signifying, obedience, trust and total reliance on the ability of their Master to keep them safe and lead them to the right path. So how do we distinguish God’s Voice from other voices around us? For us to be able to do this, we need to know the characteristics of the voice of God.
The Voice of God Brings Peace
When Jesus was on the boat with His disciples, there was a raging storm, which became calm as soon as Jesus spoke. Do you remember a time in your life when certain things were troubling your mind, or when it seemed you had lost hope? Do you remember a still small voice or a deep-seated peaceful feeling that everything was going to be okay so don’t worry? Yes, that was the voice of God calming the storm in your life. Psalm 85:8a states “I will hear what God the LORD will speak, For He will speak peace to His people and to His saints” (NKJV). Phil. 4:7 also states: “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. God’s voice is always calming and peaceful but by contrast, the enemy’s voice brings worry, stress and disturbances. We should remember that God gave us the Spirit of soundness of mind, hence anything contrary is not from God.
The Voice of God is True
Ezekiel 24:14 states: “I, the Lord, have spoken it; It shall come to pass” (NKJV). God never lies and His Word is always true and comes to pass. When we are facing a storm and God lays it on our heart that all shall be well, we should believe Him and take Him at His Word. Psalm 119:160 states: “the entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (NKJV). We should, with child-like faith accept the Word God speaks onto us. By contrast, when the enemy speaks onto us, he utters malicious lies. John 8:44b states : “when he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (NKJV). Hence when the enemy discourages us that things will not be well we should not accept or believe him but only accept and believe in God’s Voice!
The Voice of God Convicts and Touches us to the Core
Hebrews 4:12 states: “for the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (NKJV). God’s Voice touches us deeply to the very core and convicts us to a point whereby we cannot deny the truth. There are many instances of Christians feeling deep emotion even to the point of tears when they hear the voice of God.
The Voice of God is Pure
Proverbs 30:5 states: “every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him”. God’s voice is pure without any blemish or adulteration. Hence it takes a pure heart to hear and receive fully from God. Mat. 5:8 states: “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. In order to hear God’s voice we need to live in purity.
The Voice of God is Holy
The voice of God is Holy, always sets us upon the right path and will never lure us into evil. James 1: 13 states “let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone”. We should never associate the voice of God with anything drawing us to evil or trying to justify a sinful deed. On the contrary, God speaks to us draw into His holy and perfect will.
Let us always assess every voice we hear against the word of God, so that we can distinguish God’s voice from the voice of the enemy. In Matthew 4 when Jesus was tempted by the devil, he responded every time the devil spoke with the word of God and obtained victory. May God continually speak to us, and may we be able to distinguish His voice always. Amen