How does the Voice of God sound like? This is one question we have either pondered about or asked in our life. Job 33:14 says “For God does speak – now one way, now another – though no one perceives it”. The first time Samuel heard God, Samuel did not recognize God’s voice …three times Samuel went to Eli the Priest assuming it is he who had called him. Eli on realizing who was calling the boy advised “if he calls you again say,…Speak Lord, for your Servant is hearing”. I Samuel 3.
Recently one person shared that just as a husband can easily know the voice of his wife from other women; so should it be for a Christian who walks closely with God. The more one seeks for God through his Word and prayers; one gets to know that still voice of God. Jesus Christ confirms this when he said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me”. So the sheep not only knows the voice of the Shepherd; but also follows him…listening and obedience to God are key for us to be effective in doing the will of God.
This lesson we learn from Moses. In the wilderness, he was greatly tried by the people of Israel. At the Camp of Rephidim there was no water and they quarreled; and Moses believing they were ready to stone him, he cried to God. God told him to strike the rock of Horeb in the sight of the elders and water came out for the people [Exodus 17]. A similar situation arose again at Kadesh …no water; and this time the Lord God told Moses “Take the staff, and you and your brother gather the assembly together. Speak to the rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water.” Numbers 20.
Moses listened to the voice of God in these two scenarios. The difference however is that, in the first scenario Moses listened and obeyed; in the second one Moses listened; but anger led him to act contrary to the Lord God’s instruction. He told the people of Israel, “Listen you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock? Then Moses raised his staff and struck the rock twice.” Although the result was received …water gushed out of the rock for the community and their livestock; it was very costly for Moses and Aaron. God denied them to enter the Promised Land.
In our walk with God, we need to know the voice of God; and thereafter follow in obedience to God’s leading.