Commentary By: Gordon King
Wisdom, insight, knowledge, understanding, the things given to us by the Lord. By Him all things are accomplished, with power, strength, and courage. It is He who gives the ability to do all good things. It is in Him, by Him, and through Him. He tells us what we should know, do we hear Him?!
Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Friend, hear me as I ask You to instill within me the wisdom to understand, the knowledge of who You are, and the insight to clearly see the things of heaven above. As I seek Your face, bestow upon me increased faith, courage, power, and strength to perform Your will on earth as it is in heaven. I pray that You give to me the increased ability to hear Your voice and understand. Amen.
God gives us the things we need to perform His will on earth as it is in heaven. Each and every day He provides for our needs, leads us in His will, and comforts us in times of pain and sorrow. He gives us strength and courage, wisdom and guidance.
The Lord speaks to us, within our spirit, and speaks through us as a beacon of light into the darkness. It is He who speaks, He who blesses, and He who comforts.
As we walk down the narrow path we often find ourselves at a crossroads, unsure of which way to turn. We must stop and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit within us. If we wait and listen, then we will hear His quiet voice giving us direction.
‘And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.’
When hurting people cross our path in pain and sorrow, it is the Holy Spirit within us who leads us to perform His will. To give a hug, to offer a hand, to listen. At times He will give us the words to comfort, to bring peace to a broken heart.
When we meet a stranger in need, it is the Holy Spirit who directs us to help, to offer food, water, or money. To tell them that there is a God who loves them, that Jesus Christ is here to help them.
It is by the prompting of the Holy Spirit that we feel the urge to pray for someone, the need to ask God for mercy and forgiveness upon a specific individual. To ask the Lord to soften the heart and open blinded eyes to see.
God will not, most of the time, come out in the open or make Himself known physically, visually, or audibly. Yet, He does make Himself known inside of us, and through other believers. He speaks words of wisdom and gives words of knowledge to and through His children, believers in Jesus Christ.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.”
The Lord has given us His word in writing, yet He continues to speak to us daily, but are we listening? Can we hear the voice of God? Or do we just push it aside and say that it’s nothing more than just my own voice inside of my head? Or do we tell ourselves that the person speaking to us doesn’t really know what they are talking about?
“Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech.”
God uses people to convey messages to us everyday, just as He uses people to show others His mercy, grace, forgiveness, compassion, and love! Lets not be so quick to dismiss things of which may just be a word from the Lord. Listen to what they have to say, and test it against God’s word.
‘But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” ‘
God also gives us messages through signs and wonders, as well as through visions and dreams. These are not to be cast aside and ignored either. For the good Lord just may be trying to tell you something, are you listening?
There are Christians who ignore these voices, they ignore what others who have been given a message for them have to say. They disregard visions and dreams as nothing more than having eaten too much pepperoni pizza for lunch!
“For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,”
I have talked with many believers who tell me that they never hear from God. Many do not know what God would or should sound like. It does take practice to hear God’s voice, it takes daily devotion to God. It takes discernment to differentiate between our own voice in our head or perhaps an evil spirit, to the voice of God speaking to our spirit. Hearing God means that we need to be in a close relationship with God! The closer we get to God, the better our relationship with God is, the easier it is to hear God, and know that it truly is God speaking to us. It’s something that develops over time, just as in any relationship. It’s not all up to God, we must be active participants in the relationship as well.
The more we ignore the voice of God, the more we will be unable to hear God.
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
And then there are those who try to hear God yet cannot, because they are not saved, or born-again!
“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
If you truly want to hear God, then seek Him out with all of your heart, mind, and soul! Devote yourself to God, thank Him, praise Him, and worship Him daily. He will speak to you, you just have to listen.
“Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.”
God bless my friends! Maranatha!