Hearing His Voice
Wade E Taylor
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear
the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes
from and where it goes. So is everyone who is
born of the Spirit" John 3:8 NKJ.
The Holy Spirit, described as "wind" moves according
to His desire and purpose, independent of human control or
We know when "wind" is present, because we "hear
the sound of it." Likewise, we are to "hear"
and "follow" the Holy Spirit according to His desire
Nicodemus had asked Jesus if this experience of being born
again could be compared to being "birthed from a womb,"
which process he understood. Jesus answered, "No, it
is like being birthed of the wind." That is, this birthing
is in a higher realm which you do not understand, but can
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that
which is born of the spirit is spirit" John 3:6.
In John 20:22, we read that Jesus breathed on the disciples
and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." He expected
a response in the spiritual, or heavenly realm.
Our spiritual hearing has to do with our ability to respond
to this higher moving of the Holy Spirit. Our spiritual hearing
is foundational to our communion and on-going relationship
with the Lord. We must cultivate this ability to hear spiritually,
for it does not come all at once.
No matter how many times we have heard and responded to the
voice of the Lord, we always feel that our hearing should
be sharper, and more precise than it is. The Lord greatly
desires that we clearly hear from Him, whenever He may speak.
"Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of
Thy waterspouts" Psalm 42:7a.
As we develop our ability to hear, this "noise"
gradually takes the form of understandable words that communicate
information and direction. In the early days of the Pentecostal
movement, the idea of worship was that everyone shouted as
loud as they could. It was but "noise" to those
who did not understand. Any attempt by the Lord to speak was
lost in the zeal and volume of that level of worship. There
was no harmony or corporate worship as we know it today, which
releases His presence and Word.
But how do we begin to hear?
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
hear my voice, and open the door ..." Rev 3:20a.
We cultivate our hearing as we respond in obedience to His
voice. He is knocking. Our part is to listen and respond.
As we do so, our understanding of His voice will gradually
become clear until the "noise" has become a song.
"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the
learned, that I should know how to speak a word
in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth
morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to
hear as the learned" Isa 50:4.
Jesus said, "Let him that hath an ear hear." He
was not speaking of the natural ear, but of our inner spiritual
ear. He is saying that each of us has the potential for spiritual
hearing within us, but we must cultivate the ability to hear
on this level of spirituality.
This is a gradual process. Thus, "He wakeneth morning
by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear." In the beginning
this hearing may seem as "noise." Because we are
not receiving a clear word, it is easy for us to become discouraged
and give up. However, the Lord knows that we do not understand,
and He will patiently work with us until we begin to hear
As we continue "morning by morning" in this cultivation
process, the voice of the Lord will become progressively clearer
This idea of being "awakened" is not like being
awakened by an alarm clock (although He does awaken us at
times). Rather, it is the gradual awakening of our spirit
to respond, hear, and function in the realm of the Holy Spirit.
We are being awakened out from the natural functions of life
into the spiritual.
If "morning by morning" we continue to wait upon
Him, we will begin to hear and understand His voice. Then
we will move according to His desire and purpose, as we follow
the "wind" of God.