On Valuing the Voice of God


Bill Johnson
valuing_voiceEvery time God speaks to us there is a transfer of Kingdom realities into our hearts, and life is created. Learning to recognize the things that work to draw us away from the voice of God is a huge step in maturity. Sin and temptation are the easy things to spot. What is more difficult to see are the good things that God brings into our lives that can distract us from His voice when they take on the wrong place of priority. As has often been stated, “good is the enemy of best.”

Sometimes the thing that has the greatest power to draw me away from God’s voice is the principle learned in the last lesson I faced. It creates a momentum that can lead me to wrong assumptions about the will of God for my life. Principles are im portant, but they have the potential to replace the voice of God if we are careless.

God brings many things into our lives to establish a solidarity and focus within us to the voice of the Lord so that the other issues He adds to our lives actually bring momentum and grace to our ability to hear God. We see that even the wilderness was God’s design for establishing such focus in the lives of the people of Israel.

Deuteronomy 8:1-2
“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”

The Lord tested the hearts of the children of Israel during the time they wandered in the wilderness for those 40 years. Yet the wilderness actually can be a place of extreme bounty. But to really benefit from it, we have to realize that our blessings don’t come through natural means. All the blessings come from God’s direction–God’s voice. If we don’t go through the wilderness to lea rn dependency on God for direction and His supernatural intervention, we are much more likely to take credit for the bounty of the Promised Land once we get there. There will also be a much greater tendency to “wander” out without the discipline and focus gained through testing. Training in the sustaining power of God’s life-giving word recalibrates our value system and our ability to discern. When we come into a land where natural things work to our favor, we still have deeply ingrained in our hearts the realization that God is the source of it all.

The Lord brings the trials of the wilderness into our lives, not to derail us from hearing, but instead to establish our resolve to hear His voice. It is possible to walk in a wilderness with abundance and joy as you extract the nutrients provided through supernatural dependence coming forth with the full benefit of being recalibrated to hear the life-giving voice of God.


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