The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by aspiring singers. The judges start out with their backs to the contestant only listening to the sound of the voice, for the judges being able to recognize a talented voice is critical to their success.
For families to be successful in life, they need recognize and understand God’s voice in their life. Husbands and wives need to separate God’s voice from the world so that they may learn how to build their marriage on a foundation of faith and selfless service. Mothers and Fathers need God’s voice to help guide them when raising and teaching their children and to help their children gain ethical values and moral character. Children need to recognize God’s voice so that they may be warned of danger when it arises and to help keep them from temptation when they are put in stressful situations.
The world makes it easy for us to fill our ears with all kinds of things that drown out the voice of God and push Him far away and into the background of our lives. These distractions come in various forms, from the TV to the radio, from what we read to food to hobbies. Even our family and church activities can sometimes distract us or pull us away from the Lord.
To consistently hear God’s voice we must first belong to God. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Those who hear God’s voice are those who belong to Him—those who have been saved by His grace through faith in Jesus. These are the sheep who hear and recognize His voice because they know Him as their Shepherd. If we are to recognize God’s voice, we must belong to Him. The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word, the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives. We should be so familiar with God’s Word that when someone speaks error to us, it is clear that it is not of God.
While God could speak audibly to people today, He speaks primarily through His written Word. Sometimes God’s leading can come through the Holy Spirit, through our consciences, through circumstances, and through the exhortations of other people. By comparing what we hear to the truth of Scripture, we can learn to distinguish God’s voice.
God speaks to his children in many ways, and if you are listening, you can know when he is talking to you. If it invites you to do good, then you can be sure that it is from God. If you are doing your best to make the right choices in your life and you strive to live worthy of God’s spirit, you can know in your heart exactly what God is saying to you.
How can we better recognize God moving in our lives? First, we must familiarize ourselves and hear God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), which tells us about who God is and what He does. Similar to how an instruction manual helps us to understand a particular device, so reading God’s Word helps us to understand, hear, and listen to how God works and how we should respond to Him. Second, we must communicate with God regularly through prayer. We can ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). We can ask God to help us recognize, and submit to His voice. We can thank Him for how He has guided us. We can ask Him to help us learn His lesson, in His time, for whatever time He is bringing us through.
The hand of God is a symbol of God’s guidance, instruction, and discipline. The more we recognize the voice of God, the better we will be able to follow His lead. Through the study of God’s Word, an active prayer life, and an abiding trust in God, we can learn to recognize, trust, and hear His voice so we can enjoy the hand of God moving in our lives.