Understanding God’s motives is integral to understanding His voice. We may occasionally hear Him speaking to us. Maybe even understand some of His words. But often we lack the ability to correctly interpret and apply what we hear, simply because we don’t understand why God is communicating with us in the first place.
So, what is it that God wants you to know? What are His communication goals?
“And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.” John 17:3 AmplifiedMore than just knowing Him as your Savior, God wants you to understand the many, many facets of His character. He longs to reveal Himself to you.This is the great story of Scripture: God creates man and then reveals Himself to his creation. Every time God speaks in scripture, He reveals something about His character to the hearer. And so it is when He speaks to you today.Look at some of the names He uses for Himself…
The Lord will provide (Gen 22:14),
The Lord is my Banner (Ex 17:15),
The Lord is Peace (Jud 6:24),
The Lord of Hosts (I Sam 1:3),
The Lord your Sanctifier (Ex 31:13),
The Lord my Shepherd (Ps 23:1),
The Lord our Righteousness (Jer 23:6),
The Lord is there (Ezek 48:35)
Why didn’t He just call Himself “God”? I mean, doesn’t that say it all? God means God, pretty much, right?
Because look at some of the ways Jesus described Himself:
The Bread of life (John 6:35)
The Light of the world (John 8:12)
The Door of the sheep and the Good Shepherd (John 10:10-14)
The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:11-27)
The Way the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)
The True Vine (John 15:1)
I know many people who struggle to hear God’s voice, yet rarely make an attempt to get to know the One they are supposedly straining to hear. Maybe this sounds harsh, but I don’t get that. I don’t. My heart aches when I consider how God desires to reveal Himself to us, yet we don’t make it a priority enough to spend even a few moments in His word, learning about Him.
And then we accuse Him of not speaking?
Here is my plea to you today—my sincerely desperate plea:
Seek to know as much as you can about who God is, and inevitably you will begin hearing Him in ways you never knew possible.
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jer 29:13
He is the..
Creator: John 1:3 (Jesus); Isa 40:28 (YHWH)
Savior: John 4:42 (Jesus); Isa 45:22; 43:11 (YHWH)
Judge: John 5:27; Matt 25:31-46 (Jesus); Joel 3:12 (YHWH)
Glory of God: John 17:1,5 (Jesus); Isa 42:8; 48:11 (YHWH)
First and last: Rev 1:17; 2:8 (Jesus); Isa 41:4; 44:6 (YHWH)
Redeemer: Rev 5:9 (Jesus); Hosea 13:14 (YHWH)
Bridegroom: Rev 21:2; Matt 25:1ff (Jesus); Isa 62:5; Hosea 2:16 (YHWH)
Rock: I Cor 10:4 (Jesus); Ps 18:2 (YHWH)
Forgiver of sins: Mark 2:7,10; Jer 31:34 (YHWH)
Lord: Phil 2:11 (Jesus); Isa 45:23 (YHWH)
As you invite God to join you in your day–in your thoughts and your words, in your decisions and your plans, in your responses and reactions, in your goals and your dreams, in your family and friendships, in your fears, your fun and your failures—you’ll begin to discover a deeply personal God. A God who is gentle and loving, yet infinitely complex and mind-blowing.
Like a brilliant gem, whose slightest turn captures the light in a unique way, so it is with God. And just when you think you’ve got Him all figured out, He’ll show you something new that will send you straight to your knees.
All Powerful (Romans 1:20)
Compassionate (Psalm 145:9)
Faithful (Psalm 100:5)
Holy (Isaiah 6:3)
Eternal (Revelation 1:8)
“For God is indeed a God who speaks, who opens wide the door of His inner life to those He loves. Who, like the great Romancer that He is, longs to recapture the imaginations of His beloved.” Michael Card
For additional study into the names and attributes of God: