God Speaks So We Need to Listen for His Voice
by Eva Gibson, OCW Prayer Coordinator
I can’t seem to get away from the voice of God in His Word since arriving home from the OCW summer conference. I found it in Exodus, Deuteronomy, and even in a Jewish legend that described the Voice at Sinai as coming from everywhere. When the people turned to the north, it came from the east; facing the east, it came from the west. When they lifted their eyes toward heaven, it came from the earth. The Voice came to all according to each person’scapacity to receive it.
“And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the voice of the words, but saw no form; there was only a voice” (Deuteronomy 4:12 Amp). As I lingered before Him, I was convinced again that unless I allowed Him to continue to purify me as by fire, I couldn’t hear His voice the way He wanted me to hear it.
His Word speaks to each man and woman who will listen and wait in His presence. “For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit [it is not the work of a moment] as a smelter [refiner] and purifier of silver” (Malachi 3:2–3 nasv). “I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities” (Isaiah 1:25 niv). The fire of God holds only good for those who love Him and seek to hear and obey His Word.
Our precious Father, we come to You as needy writers. We ask You to cleanse and make us holy as You are holy for that is what You require of those You have called to write for Your glory. Give us hearts that hate sin and the destruction it brings. Purify us, Father. Strengthen us one by one so that we might be able to endure the discipline of fire and walk through it into victory. Teach us to listen and discern Your Voice; it’s what we want for OCW. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.