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.’”
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. 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.