I remember the first time I told someone God talked to me. I now know why the reaction was so much of a recoil.
Moses was my first inspiration. In fact, I remember vividly telling God that I wanted to be the next Moses. I mean look at the details that God gave him – imagine the conversations.
You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; you shall make eleven curtains. The length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; the eleven curtains shall be of the same size. You shall join five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and the sixth curtain you shall double over at the front of the tent. – Exodus 26:7-9 NRSV
Even Jesus told those in His time that if they really knew God, really heard from Him, they would know that He was God. Why? Because Moses wrote about Jesus.
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” – John 5:45-47 NRSV
And in the copy of my first book, given to me by the wife/mother of a family that took us into their home when we had nothing – she penned this proverb…
My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; if you indeed cry 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. – Proverbs 2:1-5 NRSV
I took all of this with me into my first pastorate experience. That is where I found out just how many people “hear” what God has been telling them. So the issue, I found out, really isn’t that God does not talk to us and that we shouldn’t take time to listen, the issue is – who am I listening too?
For I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[d] that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. – Galatians 1:11-12 NRSV
Lord, I want to hear your voice, I want you to speak through Your Word to me loud and clear. Enable me to grow more intimate with You, to serve as You in our world and to leave this world a better place than when I entered it because I walked with You. Thank You.