The words of the Father are precious and rare. Let us never take for granted the significance of His words. Whenever the Father communicates, His words never return to Him void. Whatever proceeds forth from Him will be accomplished because He fulfills whatever He says. Our greatest hindrance to hearing His words is stubbornness that settles into our hearts by choice when we make a deliberate decision to ignore the “Truth.” Our minds take on different perspectives and we start to value our own view over His as to how we think the Father should speak, and especially what we would like to Him to say. Most of us are unacquainted with the audible voice of the Father. Although there are a few instances of this in scripture, the audible voice of the Father speaking to people is rare. To be sure, if the Father spoke in an audible voice to us today, most of us would fall on our faces as if dead. Sometimes, the Father speaks and interacts with us through visions and dreams. Most of the time, however, He speaks in His still small voice into our thoughts. Sadly, because of a lack of knowledge and understanding, most people, including many believers, ignore their thoughts and, hence, ignore the Father’s voice. As we grow to know Him better and become more mature, the louder and clearer He speaks to us! This is when He confronts everything within us that hinders our growth in Him. To hear the Father speak should be our most coveted desire.
The world has never been a problem for the Father. Remember, Christ overcame everything the world presented to Him. When the prince of the air came to accuse Him, he could find absolutely nothing sinful or incongruent in His life. Christ, the pattern Son, set the precedent for all future sons to follow. The problem lies with those who profess to know the Father, who once tasted of His goodness, and could hear His voice, but allowed the deception of a “self-led” and self-righteous way” to govern their lives instead being drawn and led by the Holy Spirit. These are the ones who want to hear the Father say only good things about them instead of hearing the truth and their need to repent. They follow all their regimented religious beliefs of prayer, fasting and the reading of the scriptures, but in their hearts they are divorced from the Father because they know not His ways. They live in a substandard condition, yet try to teach people about Him, succeeding only in conveying exactly what they have in them: a form of religion that has no capacity for the Father.
The needed change in all our lives is to come before the Father with a contrite heart and remain always in a posture of repentance before Him. Our sin has been overcome by the blood of the Lamb—Jesus. What we wrestle with is changing our mindset about how we live by the standards of the one in whom we live, which is Christ, our hope of glory. There are times when we become offended by what the Father says when He speaks to us. As much as we would like to be right, get argumentative, and have a heated discussion, He is no way unwilling to hear our views, but when He has our best interest at heart, it is highly beneficial for us to listen intently and posture our hearts to embrace what He says. What we need is a continual softening of our hearts to know that His words sustain us and give us hope and life. Let there never come a day when there is a famine of the Father’s word in our hearts and land. We can live through a famine of food and a drought of water, but we cannot survive without His word.