Category Archives: The voice of God

Clearing Cluttered Hearts

Few of us have much understanding of farming conditions in Israel. In many countries, we see vast fields surrounded by tidy fences or hedges. Crops grow in an almost sterile environment with hardly a weed visible. Rarely does the plough encounter a stone larger than a potato. One summer I worked on a typical farm […]

Ears to Hear

Whenever I go to a doctor I expect a diagnosis before any treatment. I dislike taking medicine just to alleviate symptoms. Treat the underlying condition and the symptoms will vanish. Similarly, it is important to understand the roots of spiritual deafness and blindness so that full health can be restored. One of the main reasons […]

The Parable of Parables

Story time was over. The keel of the fishing boat ground into the gravel along the shore and the men stopped rowing. Jesus climbed over the side and paddled to the beach. As He and the disciples gathered their gear and prepared to go back to the house to rest, one of the disciples raised […]

Seeking God by Proxy

Problems arise when we stop seeking God for ourselves and expect someone else to seek Him for us. That was the situation with a party of Jews shortly after Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah tells us that these Jews, under the leadership of Johanan, wanted out. They were convinced that Egypt would be a safe […]

When God Talks . . .

Continuing to talk while someone else is speaking is generally considered bad manners—unless you are in a position of authority. God certainly qualifies. He cut off Samuel, ignored his question, and proceeded to lay out His instructions. God talks over us sometimes. Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, […]

Voice Recognition

Voice recognition software is the bane of my life. Whenever I reach an answering service that requires me to speak my requests, I know I am doomed. My British accent inevitably stumps the machine: “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand your response. Let’s try again.” Many times I have tried to confirm a flight to London […]

The Voice of Jesus

Personal faith rarely depends on one item of “evidence.” Rather our faith is like a planet in a solar system, held in orbit by the gravitational pull of a sun and other planets. It balances between several things that we find compelling. Each supports our faith to a different degree. Scripture is vitally important. One […]

Selective Hearing

What we call God’s “silence” is sometimes a consequence of selective hearing. King Saul’s situation at the end of his life is unique and extreme, but it illustrates a point about hearing the voice of God. After a series of disobedient acts, Saul languished in spiritual silence. Philistines attacked him and God held His tongue. […]

Unhappy Campers

Israel often moaned about her wilderness campsites. The people were especially upset at Kadesh. Thinking they would die there of thirst, they expressed the deepest unbelief—an expectation, even a desire for death. Faced with a parched and unproductive desert-scape, they chose to believe only what their eyes told them. Unbelief sees the visible; faith sees […]