"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior." Titus 3:5-6 (NASB)
If someone asked you describe the voice of God, what would you say? I’ve heard it said that the starting reference point of your relationship with your heavenly Father is the relationship you’ve had with your earthly one. So even when people hear someone proclaim the things the Father says in Scripture, they’re hearing another voice. The relationships we have in life affect us. More importantly they can become a surrogate replacement for the voice of God. But that voice is not God’s voice. It’s the voice of our own wounds, our own shame, our own judgment and our own hypocritical nature. Sometimes we interpret God to say what we want Him to say because it’s what we want to hear, or it’s what we think we deserve to hear. But to hear the voice of God accurately, you need to know the promises of God. When God says that mercy comes new every morning, He means it. To hear the voice of God is to hear mercy. To hear mercy call your name is to experience a new voice that doesn’t sound like any voice you’ve ever heard in your entire life. And when you experience that voice, it’s probably likened to what graced the ears of Lazarus. God’s voice spoke with so much truth and so much love that it brought life into his dead bones. Lazarus came alive while he was still in a tomb, covered in burial clothes, sitting in darkness. Jesus had to tell him to come out. So maybe for some of us we’re alive but we’re still figuratively living in a tomb, and maybe we need to recognize that He’s calling us out.