Our voice is a powerful instrument. We use our voice to utter thousands (at least, in my case!) of words every single day; those words express our thoughts and opinions, and the tone and inflection of our voice lend personality to the words we speak. God’s voice is exponentially more powerful than ours, as He used His voice to create the universe — every detail of it, including the seemingly limitless expanse of space and the breath-taking details of cellular function.
Using His words and the breath of His mouth, God created man in His own image. He intended for us to reflect His majesty and glory, to be fruitful and multiply and take dominion in the earth. We were formed in His likeness to look and sound like Him. Regrettably, Adam and Eve never fulfilled God’s original design for them; they sinned because they listened to the wrong voice. Eve listened to the voice of the serpent (the deceiver) instead of the voice of God. Adam listened to the voice of his wife rather than the voice of God. As a result of sin, the image and likeness of God in them was marred.
Although God marvelously provided a Redeemer for us in Jesus Christ, listening to the wrong voice can still get us in trouble. Hearing God takes practice. We need to learn to recognize the sound of His voice, which He promises we will hear (John 10:27). One of the ways we can hear God’s voice is by reading and meditating on His written Word. When we are familiar with His written Word, we establish a foundation for knowing and recognizing His voice and understanding His will. When He speaks to our heart by His Spirit, we can then quickly discern whether the voice in our heart agrees with the Words we know He has already spoken. We can also call upon the mind of Christ in us (I Corinthians 2:16) and invite Him to give us His insights and perspective on any circumstance or problem we are facing. Everything looks different from God’s perspective (Isaiah 55:9).
Listening to God requires us to tune our ear to His voice and deliberately seek His will in a matter. Far too often, I make assumptions based on my own train of thought, my human logic, and I end up in deception — but if I remember to call upon the Treasure I carry in this human vessel (2 Corinthians 4:7), which is Christ in me, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), He will empower me to discern whose voice I am actually heeding. Then I will be able to take every human (or even demonic) line of reasoning captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and settle my heart and mind to hear the fresh Word and perspective of the Lord. What a great promise that we CAN hear His voice, the voice that created the heavens and the earth, the voice of the One Who loves us without fail!