Hearing The Voice of God
“'His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it’.” John 2:5
It was in Cana of Galilee that Jesus was invited to a wedding. His mother it seems may have been the wedding coordinator responsible for instructing the servants to attend to the guests. The host of the wedding most likely the groom’s father may not have been aware that the wine had run out but Jesus’ mother took charge of the situation immediately by pressing her son into providing more wine for the occasion.
Jesus gently chided her for asking Him to do something about the situation.
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.” John 2:4
Whether or not she knew what he was about to do is not indicated in the Scriptures, only that, despite His chiding, she told the servants to do whatever He told them to do.
At this point in His earthly ministry Jesus had not performed any miracles so it is likely that she expected Him to organize the servants to go to the merchants and local vineyards and procure as much wine as need for the quests. But He did something no one could have imagined. He instructed the servants to fill up the six large pots from the house with water, then draw some out and take it to the governor of the feast. This would have been the person mainly responsible for catering and overseeing the logistics of the feast and making sure everyone was shone the greatest hospitality.
When he tasted the water that had been miraculously turned into wine, he was more than greatly impressed that it was better than the wine served earlier in the celebration.
Now there are many implications of the events surrounding this occasion but I want to make note of only two for today. Jesus submitted Himself to His mother’s demand, placing Himself under her authority to do what she said and the servants submitted themselves to Jesus to do whatever He told them to do.
The Word of God to us today is like the Words of Jesus that day to the servants. He had received His instruction from His mother, and in the same way He said to the people, as He would teach and perform miracles, that the works He did were the result of what He saw His Father doing.
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.’” John 5:19
Jesus places Himself under authority…
On this occasion at the wedding He did what he heard from His Mother. Throughout His ministry He did and said what He heard and saw His Father, God saying and doing. The voice of God was Jesus’ instructor and His authority. As He heard so He did.
The servants were obedient to the mother of Jesus and then they were obedient to Jesus. The result was a miracle was wrought before their eyes.
The voice of God (Jesus) to us is the Word. The Bible is His commandment and instruction to us for all of the affairs of life. But as true and as sure as the Word is there is also anther source that speaks to us —the leading and impetus of the Holy Spirit in us speaking to our hearts.
“These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:25-26
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-14
His is not an audible voice but an unction, an instinct, so to speak, something that comes to us as a thought, an impression, a sense of something that we are compelled to respond to. Such impressions from the Holy Spirit have several things in common. 1) They are consistent with the Word of God, the will of God and the Spirit of His person. 2) They are motivated by love, compassion and truth. 3) They bring and sustain life. 4) They resist evil and promote what is good. 5) They bring light and dispel the works of darkness. 6) They encourage faith and 7) they always glorify God.
We can only hear Jesus’s voice if we belong to Him. The more we know His Word the more familiar we become with His voice. His Word is His voice. Like the good Shepherd’s sheep, we know His voice because we have heard it each time we read and meditate on His Word.
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall an man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28
The voice of God is not a mystery, neither is it an ethereal essence shrouded in mist. It is the clear, direct and unalloyed Word of God in the Scriptures. We hear the voice of God when we hear His Word spoken to our hearts. God speaks His wisdom to us, which is the wisdom that comes from above.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17
God’s voice never condemns us, never judges us, never demands anything from us we are not willing to give, never deceives us, never comes to trip us up or embarrass us, never belittles or berates us, never brings adversity into our lives, never threatens us, never teases or tempts us, never brings fear and never fails us.
God’s voice always encourages our faith, always blesses us with life, always leads us into the truth, always reveals something of the Father’s, something of Jesus’ and something of the Holy Spirit’s heart, always lifts us up, always strengthens us, always brings hope, always fills us with good things, always glorifies God, is always motivated by love and motivates us to love, always brings comfort, always brings peace, always brings blessings, always brings truth and life.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and theyare life.” John 6:63
Hearing God’s voice is hearing Life. Heading God’s voice is living life and that more abundantly.