This year 2018, we must tune our ears more than ever before to the voice of the Lord; for in greater and greater ways, in tones distinct, he is speaking to His people.
Of course, the Lord is forever speaking to us, but there are times when His speaking carries such weight and importance, that we dare miss a word. The voice of the Lord is going forth, preparing the way for His coming. It is as Isaiah 40 says:
A voice of one who cries: Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord (clear away the obstacles); make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted and filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked place and uneven shall be made straight and level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory (majesty and splendor) of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it. (verse 3 – 5 Amp.)
God’s Voice - Brings Change
To understand those verses, you must realize that in Isaiah’s day, when a king decided to go on a journey, he would send servants ahead of him to prepare his way. They would travel the very road he planned to take, and as they went, they would fill in those places where the road had been washed away. They’d find the bumps and make them level so that the king’s journey would be smooth and pleasant.
The coming of the King of Kings requires the same kind of preparations. So God is sending His voice ahead of Him to make ready His highway. He is speaking divine words to the hearts of His people, and those words are becoming like shovels and axes in our hands. As we believe them and speak them, and act on them, they are clearing the pathway for the Lord.
If we are not very careful, we will underestimate the power of God’s voice. For those Christians who never experienced the voice of the Lord in this manner may assume that the voice of God only comes in the gentle prompting, or still, small words on the inside of our heart, with little effect, but my friend that is not the case.
The voice of the Lord removes obstacles from our lives, those obstacles that have hindered the flow of His Spirit through us. It tears down prideful attitudes in us that have caused us to be self – confident and self – sufficient instead of confident in God and His sufficiency. It builds up the low places within us; it lifts us out of the pit of unworthiness and makes real to us the fact that in Christ Jesus we are the righteousness of God.
The Word of the Lord when spoken through our lips in prayer changes people, circumstances, even nations. Psalms 29 says:
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the many (great) waters . The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon … The voice of the Lord splits and flashes forth forked lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the wilderness tremble … The voice of the Lord make the hind bring forth their young, and His voice strips bare the forests, while in His temple Everyone is saying, Glory … The Lord will give (unyielding and impenetrable ) strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people
A word for Today: "Receptive Listening"
Receptive listening is the willingness to gather information before making judgments. It’s a skill that is common in effective leaders. They listen carefully and not stifle the flow of good ideas that might help the effort. Effective leaders do two things: they ask questions, and they listen. This makes people like them, respect them, and want to bring them information. Moses was one of the greatest leaders of all time, he was a receptive listener.