READ: Psalm 148, Mark 2, Hebrews 12
HEAVENLY COUNSEL WITHIN
God speaks from heaven and from within our hearts as well. The God card has been so overused: “God told me this or God told me that.” It is so overused we are in danger of being reluctant to admit that God tells us anything, unless we can see it in black and white in the Scripture. Without losing our devotion and adherence to Scriptural authority, we need to cultivate listening to the voice of God within us. Jesus did not receive direction from the Scriptures alone; He also “perceived in His Spirit” (Mark 2:8) what should be done and how to do it. We must learn again to listen and trust what God the Spirit within us is saying to our spirit.
Not all have the gift of discernment. Some believers are so pastoral and kind they can hardly see the bad in another. Overlooking and covering the sins of others is different than not seeing their sins or weaknesses. Christians have the Counselor within not to make them blind and deaf, but to alert them to the dangers that are channeled through people (even the well intentioned) and to protect the innocent from harm. If my love for a brother or sister overcomes my good sense, I can let wolves into the sheepfold and the result is injury to the vulnerable. God warns us about people. God speaks to our spirit. The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), Lord of all, and especially Lord over the spirit of man. We need to cultivate listening to the heavenly voice within.
Hebrews 12:9 suggests that we should “much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live.” The Father of our spirit lovingly whispers to us. His Spirit counsels our spirit and tells us what to do about life, decisions, and other people. Hebrews 12 goes on to exhort us to come to Jesus “to the spirits of just men made perfect . . . to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things” (vv. 23-24). What comfort that God speaks to us through His Word, His general instruction to all His children. What joy that God personally speaks to us in our inner core, blessing, loving, warning, directing, helping our spirit to discern the dangers and the opportunities. We should not mock the speaking of God’s spirit to the spirit of man either in others or ourselves. Hebrews 12:25 put it this way: “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks . . . from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth.” The God who shakes the earth also whispers to our souls. The Spirit who bypasses wind, fire, and earthquake to whisper in a still small voice, whispers still.
God has promised the removal of things that can be shaken so the things that cannot be shaken may remain (v. 27). God reveals to our spirit what He wants removed. God has not forgotten how to shout and shake [“For our God is a consuming fire” (v. 29)] but neither has He given up His role as Soul Whisperer.