LEADERS HEAR GOD’S VOICE
By Segun Akande
Leaders pursue purpose. That was the fact I pointed out last edition. Leaders are not depressed, confused wanderers on earth; they quickly discover life purpose and pursue it immediately. Now, for such a pursuit to be a success, leaders also hear God’s voice.
Yes! Leaders hear God’s voice. They develop personal ability in sensing what God says to them from time to time. As a leader, God is thinking about you and His thought for you is good, not evil. He wants you to make good success of your leadership endeavours. So, His thought is propelling Him to speak to you always, especially now.
What are the attributes of God’s voice? The voice of God is subjective. It is a personal affair between you and God. When God speaks to you, the closest person in your life cannot hear it except God speaks to him or her on the same matter. It is only you who can hear what God says to you. Do not wait on another person to hear God’s voice for you; the most spiritual person may make mistake.
God’s voice carries divine power. This implies that the voice of God brings about tangible effect on your life; it can cause visible changes in your life. The Bible says, “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon” Psalm 29:4-5, (NIV).
The voice of God shatters obstacles. Leaders, of themselves, cannot overcome obstacles in life. So, to overcome obstacles, you need to connect God’s voice on any matter of concern in your leadership. The Bible says, “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.” The voice of God terminates fruitless toils. Peter and his friends laboured all night to catch fish but all was to no avail. But, when Jesus came around, He spoke to Peter on what to do. The Bible says, Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5, (NIV).
The voice of God ushers men into genuine leadership. The Bible says, “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” Luke 3:1-3, (NIV). The voice of God distinguished John among the religious and political leaders of his days.
HOW GOD’S VOICE COMES
The political leaders of our days engage various media to communicate their policies to the public. These media include the television, radio, newspaper, the internet, etc. In a similar way, God has many channels through which He communicates His mind to His children. The first channel is the inner quiet voice. God speaks to us through our heart. It may come to you like a thought, a deeper feeling, an intuition, etc. The best way to recognize it is that it brings peace with it.
God’s voice may come as an audible sound. You can hear him like your friend or father is talking to you. The audible voice may come while you are alone. God may speak through dreams and visions. Dreams are a channel through which we see through into our spiritual life, and God does engage it too. God can speak to you through trance. Trance is a form of vision, but it comes like a flash. While dreams and visions often happen while one is asleep, trance happens when one is awake, but one's consciousness is usually suspended.
God can speak through circumstances. Depending on how sensitive you are in the Spirit, God can speak through any situations. Jesus condemned the Jews for their inability to read the signs of the time. They could do weather forecast but they couldn't recognize the time of God’s visitation. God can speak to you anywhere, anytime. You don’t need to patronize the so-called prophets before you can know what God is saying to you. You only need to position yourself for Him like the young Samuel of old.
Getting Positioned to Hear God’s Voice
Prophet Habakkuk said, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.” Habakkuk 2:1, (NIV)
Through Prophet Habakkuk, we learn that a leader can position himself for the purpose of hearing the voice of God. You can’t stand aloof, thinking that God would speak when He wants to speak. No. you ought to prepare yourself for hearing Him. This attitude will help you not to miss whatever God intends to pass across to you. The following are few things you ought to do in order to catch God’s voice for your life.
Change your mindset. Certain mindset will always block your ears from hearing the divine voice. You need to change your mindset from negative to positive. Negative mindset or attitude like malice, hatred, lust, doubt, fear, will always block your ears. Do yourself a favour to remove them from your life.
Engage in prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting is a spiritual discipline that strengthens your spirit to catch the things of God. Daniel and his friends faced a difficult situation in Babylon. The king demanded the wise men and astrologers of Babylon to remind him his forgotten dream and to interpret the dream. None of the wise men could do it. But Daniel did it through prayers (Daniel 2:17). Daniel engaged prayer and fasting to discover what was to happen to the people of Judah and the entire world.
Go on personal retreat. A retreat is a time you set apart to be alone with God for the purpose of having communion with Him. It is a time of quietness and focus on God. There, you can easily sense what God is saying to your life.
Have fellowship with God’s children. God usually speaks to us through His other children. God may speak through your pastor’s sermon, Sunday School lesson, choir ministrations, congregational singing, etc. Missing church fellowship is missing an important channel through which God’s voice comes. The Bible says, “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:25, (NIV).
God is speaking to you today. Tune your ears to catch it. Keep a journal for God’s words to you, and obey it at the appropriate time. Stay blessed!