Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire (Deuteronomy 4:36, New King James Version). He also speaks from the midst of the fire, And you said: ‘Surely the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives (Deuteronomy 5:24); He speaks through thunder God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. (Job 37:5), through many waters When He utters His voice— There is a multitude of waters in the heavens: He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightnings for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries (Jeremiah 51:16). Earthquakes are His voice The Lord also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel. (Joel 3:16) as are volcanoes The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted (Psalm 46:6).
However, it is possible that in the hustle and bustle of life, we miss the signals of His willingness to speak with us. It is then we may wonder – How do I hear God? Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.(Jeremiah 18:2). God was here showing prophet Jeremiah a particular aspect of His Divine attributes but He needed the prophet to actually “see” the lesson. Please note that:
God will direct you to the situation through which He plans to show Himself to you.
God has the power to cause you to hear His words.
God wants to talk to us – He loves conversation.
God is everywhere. Priests and Pastors like to pretend that you can only find God within the confines of the church – that is not true and may have led to people not being able to hear God speaking. They are trying to limit God to church.
But God is not limitable; here we discover God in the house of the man who made earthenware vessels for both honorable and dishonorable uses. God was there and not only was He ready to speak, He had the power to cause Jeremiah to hear.
The only part of the transaction that depended on Jeremiah was that he should be willing to hear – to drop everything else and hush.
That is what Hebrews 4:7, is saying, Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Do not close your heart through presumptuous knowledge of Who you think God is – be open to surprises! He is God. If Jeremiah was like many of us, He would not have gone to the potter’s house, reasoning that God could not be in that lowly workshop or that God would only speak on a particular day; not that day, or maybe not during working hours, we would conclude.
Do you want to start hearing God speak with you? Do not limit Him in time and space and you may discover wondrous things, just like Jeremiah did on that day. God showed him that no matter how marred our lives might have been before we came to God, God is able and ready to remake us into something very useful and beautiful. You might have stolen, lied in the past or you might have had abortions or been violent.
Jeremiah heard, and so should we, that when God becomes involved in your life, He makes it beautiful. That is how God is and unless you hear from Him, you will continue to believe that your life is broken; you will not hear that He has already started the process of making something beautiful out of it. In the same way, we may not know true gratitude unless we hear God.
The other day, God told me to take a road that I had never walked before. As I walked, I came upon an Alzheimer’s Center, seven beautiful mansions set in carefully manicured grounds. At first, I was impressed by the quietness and calm and then it struck me that it was too quiet, almost lifeless, like a cemetery. The only moving thing in the whole place was a lady pushing a low cart of papers. I kept walking; then God spoke. He asked me, “Do you realize that you are older than most of the people in these rooms?” The point that God was making was so powerful that I stopped right there and sent a text message to a few friends about the conversation, before continuing with my walk. I am truly grateful to God for a clear mind, the ability in my sixties to recognize my loved ones, to still be able to write.
When God speaks and you hear Him, it is almost impossible not to want to share such a wonderful experience. Find someone with whom to share it; that will make your life a blessing.