God Ain’t Silent—Your Voices Are Just Too Loud!

Frequency is measured in cycles per second, one hertz equals one cycle per second. The voiced speech of a typical adult male will have a fundamental frequency from 85 to 180 Hz, and that of a typical adult female from 165 to 255 Hz. Thus, the fundamental frequency of most speech falls below the bottom of the voice frequency band. One of the first things we need to do in order to properly distinguish or decipher God’s voice or frequency is to immerse ourselves in God’s Word. As verbal and non-verbal messages transfer through the various gates of the human psyche, distinguishing the voice of God can become more and more difficult. In most cases, God’s voice is not going to sound like Barry White’s baritone silky voice. On the contrary, God speaks in a “gentle still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). The young prophet Samuel failed to discern God’s voice in 1 Samuel 3 because it was so ordinary-sounding that he thought it was his teacher Eli calling him. After God called him 4x in I Samuel 3:9 we learn that Eli had to tell Samuel to respond the Lord’s call. I’ve learned the best way to discern God’s voice is to mute my own voice and all other voices grappling for my attention. No ma’am and no sir, God is not silent, life’s ordinary distractions is the main reason we have a tendency to drown out God’s voice. One thing is certain, God’s voice will always line up with God’s word! The reason Samuel didn’t realize it was God calling him because the word of God had not yet been revealed to him (I Samuel 3:7). This passage of text confirms that knowing God’s Word is crucial to knowing God Himself. The Bible says, “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us in writing, His primary means of showing Himself and His ways to us. So, if we want to understand and know Him well (Jeremiah 9:24, ESV), we have to understand and know Scripture well. God’s voice will never contradict God’s character. Now please don’t limit the vehicles God uses to communicate to us. For example, God will also speak to us through the voices of people around us (Acts 21:11); in dreams (Genesis 40); through nature (Romans 1:20); in visions (Acts 9:10-18); in prophecies (Acts 11:27-28); through circumstances (Acts 16:6-7); and through miraculous events. Jesus reminds us that His sheep know His voice” (John 10:14) and in order to truly know and follow the Shepherd we must unequivocally know what His voice sounds like. And to know Jesus, the Word of God (Revelation 19:13), we need to know God’s word.

About Noel Pinnock and Lowell Pinnock

Noel Pinnock is a published author and recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in transforming under performing companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specializes in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he has been responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations. We are #4given, saved by the blood of Christ.
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