Here's the next installment in our Immeasurably More blog series.
BY CHARLOTTE BOSECKER
I feel sure that I am not alone when I say: “I want to hear from God, I want to hear His voice; I want to recognize God's voice just as I can recognize my husband’s.”
Before we can truly hear from God, we must move past our rationalization of what prayer is and relearn how to have a spiritual experience that comes from God's Spirit to our spirit, secondary to our brains. Prayer should be God's Spirit communing with our spirit. When Moses saw the burning bush was not being consumed, I am sure his first thought (brain) was: How can this be? A bush on fire should be consumed into ashes, yet this bush wasn't. Noticing that a bush on fire was not being consumed is not merely the result of rational thought. It was the presence of God, His Spirit, that caught Moses' attention. Moss had to move past the obvious, and that's when he heard God's voice.
Exodus 3:2-4: Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
After the shock of hearing that my daughter had died, I remember a couple of things. First, was a thought: I am not mad at You God, but I don't understand. Then a peace I cannot explain came over me, and a song welled up in my heart: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God, of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory, Hosanna in the highest Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest. Holy are You, my Lord. Your goodness endures forever.
I believe these thoughts came to me not because I know God, but because God knows me. He knows how to comfort His children, and His Spirit within me knows Him. God moved me past the circumstances of Candice's death and immediately began speaking to me. I heard His voice and the choir of angels singing over me.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (AMPC): Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.
Knowing God is eternal! This is not a casual knowing, like that of having an acquaintance or a close friend. To know God as in the Greek word ginsoko (ghin-oce-ko) is to have an intimate, growing relationship. It’s like the knowing between a bride and her groom, the most intimate of relationships. Paul stated the truth in Philippians 3:10 when he said that his great desire was "that I might know Him" and the power of His resurrection.
The essence of eternal life is to be involved in an intimate, growing relationship with the God of all creations and His only Son, Jesus.
God calls us to go beyond rational Christianity, beyond our Bible knowledge; He calls us to know Him. When we know someone -- really know someone -- we know their very nature. We can finish a sentence for them and anticipate their needs and their desires. I want to know God like that.
Remember when you meet your love, your husband, your wife, or when you saw your child for the first time. Remember the excitement you felt as you got to know them… remember the romance that developed… the love.
Imagine a divine romance with the one true God. Imagine experiencing a romance with God, feeling the excitement and mystery associated with getting to know Him. God longs for us to abide in Him to feast on his love, to enjoy fellowship with Him. God yearns for us to KNOW HIM.
How? We must move beyond the merely rational.
Close your eyes and imagine being knee-to-knee with the Lord your God. Now lean into His arms, rest your head on His chest, feel His breath, hear His heartbeat and know Him.
God is calling for our undivided attention. He is calling for us to come wholly, with all of our very beings unto Him. He is calling for us to trust Him, to be honest with Him. He knows you; don't you want to know Him?
Paul prays that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, “may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation” resulting in knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17) May the eyes of your heart be enlightened so that you may know the hope that belongs to His call and receive the riches of His glory and your inheritance among the holy ones.
God moves powerfully when we grow to understand that God is waiting on us to love Him fully. He wants us to recognize Him, His holiness, and His mercy and thirst for Him to the point that we fall silent before Him. As we seek to hear God's voice, lean in and listen. He wants to reveal His glory and majesty; He wants to tell you how much you mean to Him and how He loves you.
May it be that we would hear God say, "Take off your sandals for the place where you stand is Holy ground.”