Hearing God's Voice, Part 2

In my last post on hearing God's voice I shared how God's voice is a familiar one. Today I want to re-visit a passage from Exodus. In Exodus 3 God is sending Moses to speak to Pharaoh about freeing the Israelites. The story picks up in verse 13:

Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?"

God said to Moses, "I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I am has sent me to you.'"

Exodus 3:13-14 (NIV)

While it may seem unusual to us that Moses accepted God's self-identification as, "I Am," in fact God was illustrating something to Moses: He is the God who was, is, and is to come. Ever-existent. Ever-present. Before everything and never-ending. The interesting element to the story is the sheer weight of authority God's response carried--the very same Jesus carried while speaking with the Jews[1]. While Moses continued to question God about the whole ordeal, he accepted God's answer of who He is.

This is the next element in recognizing the voice of God: God's voice carries an inexplicable authority. It's the voice whose direction never stops speaking to you. It has a sense of urgency or importance that keeps coming to mind--day after day, at seemingly random moments--until you follow it through.

We'll cover this in more depth shortly, but it's also important to remember that any direction God gives will align with the Bible.


  1. John 8:58 ↩︎