Hearing the Voice of God

“When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: ‘Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.’”—Hebrews 12:26 (NLT)

What does the voice of God sound like? Does He come with a roar, declaring His majesty? Or does He come with a quiet whisper, instilling peace in our souls?

The answer is both!

I’ve personally heard Him speak quietly, like a wave of peace rushed over the shores of my heart and mind. But I’ve also heard Him speak declaratively, boldly, and loudly, to the point where His truth shattered my worldview. 

Hearing from the Lord in any way is a gift. Whether it’s with a roar or a whisper, the question we should ask is “What do we do with what He says?” Do we wait to make sure it’s Him who’s spoken, testing the waters and hoping He’ll say it again in a different way? Or . . . do we act immediately?

Toward the end of Hebrews 12 (verse 25), we’re heeded to accept the One who speaks. At first we could say, “Oh, I accepted Christ, I believe in Him, therefore by nature I accept what He speaks to me.” But don’t allow yourself to be deceived, because although we can never be separated from His love for us, we most certainly can distance ourselves from hearing Him clearly. 

We must be actively seeking the voice of God in order to even begin to accept what He says to us. If we close our eyes to His words—THE Word—then we close off our ability to accept Him. Accepting His words means accepting His truth and making it just as much our truth as it is His and choosing to live obediently in it.

His voice alone can, and will, shake the earth. When Hebrews discloses this, it’s indicating that man-made, temporary things will be destroyed and only His creations, His truths, and His voice will remain. Only the things that bring Him glory will remain! And He does that even now, but with a gentleness that can’t be explained.

When the Lord speaks to you, it isn’t a trial run. He has the ability to speak with an earth-shattering roar . . . but He so willingly chooses to speak to you with meekness, even with a whisper. How can you simply turn Him away knowing that?

DIG: Read Hebrews 12 and Colossians 3:15.

DISCOVER: It’s easy to hear the convicting, loud and strong voice of the Lord, but sometimes it’s harder to hear His whisper. How do we determine whether it’s Him and how do we respond? If you feel the Lord has been speaking to you, line it up with Scripture and talk with trusted Christian mentors.

DISPLAY: Seek His Word and His direction. Whether you are at a crossroads of life or have been comfortable where you are for quite some time, the Lord has a word for you. So what are you waiting for? Seek it out!

About the Author

Cortney Gurr