Hearing the Voice of God – Part Twenty-Five

God speaks to us through the unique way He made us … You have your own individual bents, your inherent strengths and preferences, which cause you to have a tendency to hear God’s voice in particular ways. So, we need to recognize He made you the way you are for a reason. You are “wired” for a purpose different than anyone around you. So, it is time to quit comparing and start enjoying the person God has made you to be!

The Scripture tells us to “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6). The “way he should go” in the Hebrew language means “according to his bend.” God wires all of us differently. Individuals have different gifts or ‘bents’ that allow them to hear from God according to the way He has wired them.

We have each been given a purpose from God. If we are to define “purpose,” we would say that it is a goal, the function for which your life was conceived, the plan for which you were designed. A microphone, for example, “was born” with everything it needs to receive sounds and transmit them in the form of electrical impulses to an amplifier. It has inside of it each detail, each electronic component, everything it needs to fulfil the task for which it “was born” — to receive sounds and transmit them.

If, instead of a microphone, I took a can opener and tried to use it to receive and transmit sounds, that can opener would be the unhappiest, the most frustrated, and incompetent object ever heard of. Failure, defeat, and unhappiness would take hold of its “emotions.” It “was not born” to be a microphone. It was “born” to open cans. 

The internal contents of the can opener enable it to fulfill the purpose for which it “was born,” which does not include receiving sounds. If I use the can opener to open cans, it will be a “fulfilled” object, because it “found” the place of the purpose for which it exists.

You were born with all the components, all the traits, all the inclinations to fulfill your purpose in life. Everything you need is already inside you. God conceives His purpose first; then He births it. First of all the prophetic purpose was born in the heart of God. Then, to fulfill it, He called you into being.

When Jeremiah was born. He was already born with all the conditions, with all the heart, with all the inclination, with all the pre-disposition to be a prophet. If Jeremiah had been a musician, he would have been frustrated. If he had been a pastor, he would have been frustrated. If he had been an entrepreneur he would have been frustrated. He was born to be a prophet of God. 

You already have inside of you everything you need to fulfill the high plans of God that will fill your life with harmony and a sense of fulfillment. He is not incoherent. He “manufactured” you. He “knit you together.” Your birth was necessary, and finally you were born bringing inside of you everything you need to fulfill the purpose of God. Your spiritual genetic code had already been designed by the Author of Life.

The purpose of God came before your birth. At the moment that God called the prophet Jeremiah, He said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born. I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). What is God saying here? Is it that He knew you before you are formed? Yes, God knew you ever before you existed! It is hard to fathom, but the things of God are higher than ours; they are higher than our simplistic reasoning. Yet it gets even better. The most incredible part of the verse states that even before the birth of the prophet, he had already been appointed as such. Incredible! And since God has a purpose for each of us, and He has wired each of us differently, He is often speaking to us according to the way we are wired.  

We have each been given different motivational gifts at birth,

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:4-8).

We each have different motivations in life, and the Lord often speaks to us through our personal motivation. For instance, if you have a motivational gift of giving, the Lord will probably speak to you about giving more than the average person, because you just love to give. 

God wants us to enjoy what we are doing. If you cannot hold a tune, the Lord is not calling you to be a worship leader. That would waste your time as well as God’s true call on your life because He has not wired you for musical endeavours. Some people think that if the Lord speaks to them to do something, it will be something they hate doing. This could not be further from the truth! God wired you perfectly to speak to you and fulfill His purpose through you.

You should ask yourself, “What burins in the depths of my spirit? What desire is in there? Am I hungry to learn more, to serve the Kingdom, to be a business owner, to be a pastor, a prophet, an entrepreneur or used in the ministry of helping others?” A great evidence that shows these thoughts are not mere daydreams of your mind is to ask,. “If my heart overflowing with joy and faith when I think about these things?” There is a purpose of God to be fulfilled in your life. God often answers the questions though our natural gifts and abilities. He leads us to our purpose through the natural skills and unique talents He bestows upon us.

God-given gifts are the skills a person easily performs without formal training. For example, many songwriters just sit down and write the music they hear in their heads. Some people are great at organizing, which others are natural counsellors. We derive great pleasure from doing what we are naturally good at doing. God speaks to us through these natural gifts. These natural gifts can obviously be honed and developed with formal training. 

If you are not sure of your purpose in life, just do what you are good at doing, and then watch God confirm you by blessing your endeavours. Do not spend your life trying to do what you are not gifted to do. Genesis 4:20-22 tells us that Jabal was the father of those who raised cattle. His brother Jubal was the father of all the musicians who played the lyre and pipe. His half-brother Tubal-Cain forged instruments made of bronze and iron. They were all different with specific gifts from the Lord.

God keeps our world in balance by giving each of us natural talents and pleasure in doing what needs to be done for the good of everyone around us. Aren’t you glad everyone is not like you? All kinds of gifts and abilities are needed to get God’s job done. God speaks to us through our natural talents and abilities.

Who you get in touch with how God has wired you, it will be a pleasure and not a burden in your life. God will not violate your likes and dislikes. He will work in line with what you like to do. We need to understand that, from the spiritual point of view, our heart desires and leans toward things that, since eternity, God has already brought into line for us to be involved in. 

God has made you uniquely; you are one of a kind. He will speak to you and lead you according to the way He has shaped you for His service. Maybe you are trying to hear from God about your life when in actuality, He is speaking to you already through the way He has made you. Trust those inner leadings and nudges they come from the way God wired you,