Hebrews 12:25, “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.
I heard about a little boy who was not getting good grades in school because he had not been paying attention to his teacher. One day, his teacher sent a note home for his parents about his conduct and his grades. The next day, he came up to the teacher and said, “I don’t want to scare you, but my dad told me last night that if I don’t start getting better grades somebody’s going to get a spanking!” That kid needs a dunce cap. The teacher is not the problem. Bad things happen when we do not pay attention. I do not know how many times someone has sat in my office that was desperately seeking help, and I heard them say, “I wish I had listened.” This concept of listening is not just hearing; the idea is listening with the full intention of heeding what is said.
First, God speaks to us through Jesus’ blood. The alternative to listening is refusing to hear. That is what the children of Israel did at Mount Sinai. They asked for God to speak to Moses because they did not want to hear His voice. The warning here is very stern. If we refuse to heed God when He speaks to our hearts, as he calls us and challenges us to this matter of growth and maturity and perfection, then we are trending on very dangerous ground.
Secondly, God speaks to us through His Word. Hebrews 12:5 says, “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children…” The rest of verse five and all of verse six are a quotation from Proverbs 3:11-12. That is a reminder that God speaks to us through His Word. When we open the Bible with its 1,189 chapters and 773,466 inspired words, we are not simply reading the writings of Paul, the writings of Peter, or the writings of John – it is the eternal Word of the Living God. The Bible is not simply a statistical book of historical significance; it is contemporary to every generation, every individual, and every situation and circumstance in life.
Thirdly, God speaks to us through His Spirit. Hebrews 3:7-8 says, “Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.” Often, we get so busy in our lives, that we do not take time to listen to God. We do not allow Him to speak to our hearts. In all of the action and activity of life, we must carve out, on a regular basis, quiet time where we can listen to God. Before we launch out to face the adversity and pressure of the day, we need to allow Him to speak to us. Every child of God has the internal voice of the Spirit of God speaking. That voice is the voice of the Author of the Scripture. He will take the Word and apply it to our lives, if we will heed His voice.
Fourthly, God speaks to us through the testimony of faithful believers. Hebrews 3:13 says, “But exhort one another daily while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” God’s plan is for us to encourage and uplift each other. He speaks to us through other believers. Thank God for those people who care enough about you to come alongside and say, “Listen, you need to change this. You need to dedicate your life to Christ. You need to serve Him with your whole heart.” Sometimes, people resent those who correct them; that is foolish and dangerous. God is speaking to you through their words. I first heard Richard Wurmbrand speak when I was sixteen years old. He was a pastor in Romania, who spent fourteen years in a Communist prison, being tortured for his faith. When he walked to the pulpit, I saw a little man, thin and emaciated, with hollowed out eyes and sunken in cheeks. But, when he talked, his face lit up with a radiant glow. As he told the story of his ministry in the underground church, God used his testimony to stir my heart. He has been with the Lord for several years now, but his voice is still speaking today. The impact of his testimony is still encouraging and motivating me and thousands of others who heard him speak. That is the kind of testimony I want to leave behind for the glory of God. But, I can only leave that testimony if I listen to His blood, His Word, and the testimony of other faithful believers. When you hear God speak, do not refuse Him. Do not turn away. Do not turn back. Obey His voice. Run to Him and find His will. Do His will and forever you will be blessed.