Jesus said in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Now, seeing in the spirit doesn’t only happen with your eyes. Sometimes it happens with your ears. “Seeing” is much broader than just the visual connection. “Seeing” is perceiving. He’s saying, “blessed are the pure in heart for they will perceive, they will tune in, they will recognize, they will realize, they will see God for who he really is, and what His character really is because your perception of God affects what you think you’re hearing him say. We need to be pure in heart, a pure perception of God.
“Let’s Do Lunch, God!”
Then, we need to be pure in how we pursue God and His will for our lives. Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” There’s our part – it must be all of our heart. You can’t just wake up and say “Okay Lord, anytime you want to talk to me would be fine. I’m going to be down at the club for a while and I can probably squeeze you in between – well, let’s do lunch God!”
The better understanding you have of who God is, the more likely you are to chase Him. The more you get an accurate perception of the Lord, the more you’ll give yourself to a pursuit of the Lord because He’s worth it.
Proverbs 18:15, “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” That implies time. It implies effort and a process to acquire. We listen for the knowledge of the Lord. We seek out the voice of the Lord. That’s the hearing ear.
A Matter of Life and Death
How many times has God spoken to us in a crisis? How many of us would say, “There’s definitely a time in my life where God spoke to me in crisis.” You know why He spoke to you in crisis? It’s because you were listening! And you know why you were listening? Because it was vital!
But we need to understand that He’s talking to us all the time! Why is it that we just settle for crisis audience with God? We can develop a value in our hearts that says, hearing God is as vital in good times as it is in crisis. Because hearing God is vital – Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Job 23:12, KJV says, “I have esteemed the words of His mouth as more than my necessary food.”
We Must Not Settle
We must not settle for hearing the Lord’s voice only in certain times, but as vital to our everyday life. People quickly learn what they consider vital to their life. If you consider it vital that the Lord speaks to you, then you’ll start hearing Him regularly.
What would you do if you were suddenly unconscious – you passed out or something happened and you woke up in a foreign land? You woke up and you were suddenly the great Satan from America? What would you do?
Do you realize the changes you would undergo in an instant as you would try to find a way to communicate? Suddenly the vital-ness of something that is life and death to you takes on new value.
But the fact of the matter is, we are foreigners, we are citizens of the Kingdom of heaven! We are in hostile territory! We are in a spiritual battle that is all around us all the time.
Hearing God must be vital to us, so we can do it victoriously. Our values set our priorities which in turn determine our practices. What you value you will prioritize. What you prioritize you will practice. Until we regard the Word of the Lord as a vital part of our lives we are not going to experience much success in trying to hear His voice.
So, we’ve got to get away from “when it’s convenient I’ll seek the Lord” or “when I’m in a crisis I’ll seek the Lord.” We’ve got to wake up every day and say “Lord, hearing you today is the most vital thing that I can possibly imagine. I would sooner go without eating actual food than to go without You saying something to me.”
None of us would go long without eating. Because it’s vital to us to eat. Yet how often do we go great stretches of self-imposed famine in the Spirit because it’s just not convenient?