Before refrigerators, people used ice houses to preserve their food. Ice houses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door. In the winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the ice houses, and covered with sawdust. Often the ice would last well into the summer.
One man lost a valuable watch while working in an ice house. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but didn’t find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the ice house during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch.
Amazed, the men asked him how he found it.
“I closed the door,” the boy replied, “lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking.”
Often the question is not whether God is speaking, but whether we are being still enough, and quiet enough, to hear.
Cheers to your listening,
Excerpt taken from Phillip Gunter/Fresh Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching
We are enveloped 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by radio signals. These radio waves are used for fixed and mobile communication, broadcasting, navigation and many other applications.
They are the lowest frequency waves in the electromagnetic spectrum, and travel at the speed of light. Their characteristics can be long waves and cover the Earth very consistently, or shorter waves and reflect off of the ionosphere and travel around the world; or they could even be shorter wavelengths that bend or reflect very little and travel only in the line of sight.
Those signals that envelope us unawares, are a vivid picture of the voice of God that is constantly speaking to us, 24/7.
What is needed? We need to tune in. Check the receiver. Turn on and tune in to His voice.
“It’s the nature of God to speak”
You see, God wants to have fellowship with you and He wants you to hear him.
We have to find His frequency and tune in to it. When we do we recognize His voice and He then is able to lead us. John 10:4
To hear the voice of God, we must listen for it. It is a conscious and intentional choice we make. A decision to find the frequency of God in the midst of a loud, busy and distracting world.
Revelation 3:20 tells us that Jesus is knocking at the door of our heart and the first step we must take is to actually hear that knocking. Not ignore it or allow it to blend in with the noise of the world.
… if anyone hears my voice and opens the door…”
That’s a big if!
The choice is ours to open the door of communication with Him. To recognize His knocking, His voice, His signals surrounding us. To tune in to His frequency.
God is a Spirit, and therefore communication with Him is Spirit to spirt, not brain to brain. John 4:24 Our spirit then communicates what we hear to our mind. Some call this “an inward witness” others a thought or prompting.
The Old Testament prophet called it “the still, small voice”; another translation says, “a gentle whisper”. 1 Kings 19:12
God is a god of communication, words with power. Here are some ways His voice has been heard and recorded in the bible.
He can speak in the thunder of creation, a trumpet blast, loud voice, many waters, in the wind, fire, earthquake, angels, dreams and even inaudibly.
The key is, learning to discern his voice from others. Learning to tune in to His frequency.
His promise is that if we seek Him, we will find Him. Jeremiah 29:13 Applying it to this lesson, if we seek His frequency and recognize it as such, we will find it.
If we call out to Him, He will answer. Jeremiah 33:3
If we hear Him, He will warn us. Psalms 81:8
A key to hearing Him, and tuning in, is being still. Psalm 46:10 It is often in the stillness that we hear His voice. Much like Elijah heard His voice in the gentle whisper, and not in the wind, earthquake or fire. But when he did hear it, he took action. He covered himself and went out. Then the voice kept on speaking to Him. And he was tuned in, picking up the God signals, and hearing the voice of God.
There are lots of other signals that we must tune out and discern their source. We get signals from our own emotions, heart and desires; forces outside of God, from the demonic; and from the Word and Spirit of God.
These all must be discerned, identified and recognized as God’s frequency, God’s voice or another.
Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice and another they will not follow.” John 10:5
As believers, our discernment is based on these foundations: The Word of God, prayer, meditating on His Word and acts, being still before Him and listening for that “inward witness” from His Spirit to our spirit; that gentle whisper from Him.
The signals of God’s voice are all around us, bouncing off Earth’s surfaces and reflecting through the atmosphere. They travel fast and yet are low enough for us to tune in to.
They are meant for us to hear, discern, and tune in to for a clear, two way communication with Him.
“He that has ears to hear, let him hear.“ Let him tune in to the voice of God on God’s frequency, and let him discern the different voices and frequencies all around him.