Hearing God’s voice isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.
In the movie, RV, comedian Robin Williams plays a dad trying to take his family on vacation and meet the demands of his bosses.
There's one hilarious scene that demonstrates what it's like to hear God's voice...
The hollow boom reverberates from green plastic trash cans being bulldozed by a giant RV.
Mere seconds later, the same RV backs into another neighbor’s red brick mailbox obliterating it.
Finally, the RV finishes its gargantuan 5-point turn and begins heading down the road.
The family settles into their seats and prepares for the long trip ahead.
“You are 31 hours from your destination," declares a mechanical woman’s voice.
“What’s that?” Cheryl Hines nags.
“The RoadMate 700. I call it ‘Lola,’” announces Robin Williams.
“Take a right in 100 feet," declares the GPS.
There's more to the laugh-out-loud scene.
The point is, "Lola" giving directions to Robin Williams is a picture of what it’s like to hear God’s voice.
The reality is, learning to hear God speak to you is much more important than an exciting adventure in an RV. It's more significant than going on a fun family trip to see a tourist trap.
Hearing the voice of God is not a luxury like going to a resort in Cancun.
Hearing Him speak is a necessity for your life.
Let me explain...
Imagine for a minute, you are driving in your car to a place you’ve never been before. You’ve heard of it. And you’re excited to go. But you don’t know how to get there.
What do you do?
Put the address into the GPS on your phone.
We have all done that. Probably many times.
From the moment you click, "Go," you’ll be voice-guided for every turn. Every time an accident is up ahead for you to avoid, you'll be notified in advance. Even there’s a road closure…
… the voice will guide you and get you to your destination.
But you have to follow the voice.
If you don’t follow the voice guidance, you could end up in places you don’t want to be in.
Like in another scene from RV.
Robin Williams tries to take a shortcut and ends up driving off road. The RV bounces along a narrow mountain pass filled with boulders and holes. The edge of the road and a steep drop off are mere inches from his tires.
In the background, the GPS says, “You are not on any marked road. Make a U-turn at the next legal opportunity.”
That's how it is for you to be guided by the Voice of God.
This is why hearing the voice of God is imperative for you. God will speak when on the right road and you're going off course...
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Shining a light on the mystery of God speaking…
A lot of mystery, mysticism, and tradition exists about hearing God speak.
Frankly, the truth is, a lot of wrong thinking permeates Christianity on this topic.
And oftentimes, all the mystery, mysticism, tradition and wrong thinking make hearing God’s voice more complicated for you rather than less. But hearing God isn’t complicated once you understand a few foundational things.
This foundation begins to build in your life the capacity to hear God more clearly. And more consistently.
It's kind of like building a house.
When you build a house, you don’t start by building the seventh floor.
No, first, you lay a foundation.
Depending on where in the world you live, the way you lay this foundation may look different.
In Florida, for example, they pour a flat cement pad.
In the Midwest, where I grew up, they build a basement below ground before they begin building the house on top of it.
In Peru, they dig down about 3 feet where the walls will be and put in rebar and cement.
The point is…
…building a house always starts with a sure foundation.
And the same is true with your relationship with God.
It’s important you first have a simple yet strong foundation. Then you'll be able to hear God more consistently and accurately.
So, let’s begin right now…