1. Why do we need faith?
2. What does the voice of God sound like?
Beginning with the second question:
The voice of God is life. When the Israelites were released from bondage in Egypt, God displayed his voice in a thunderous noise from the mountain. But this was for the sake of the people, that they may worship Him and obey. As he spoke with Moses, however, he used no such voice. Rather, God treated Moses as a friend. (What does that say about those to whom he spoke as a thunderous noise?)
The voice of God requires faith to hear. God is thoroughly life. Everything he is, everything he says, everything he does, is life. Ask yourself then what does life say, what does life sound like, what does life look like, what does life feel like? Look carefully at the situations and things that come to you.
Please don’t consider that God is like a man. The life I am speaking of is Purity, Holiness, Righteousness, Justice, Mercy, and in the end Grace to us through sustaining toward the same things.
He would prefer that we gain his wisdom to perceive with our eyes and ears, mind, heart and strength. Isn’t this why the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength and with all your soul? Then you will begin to hear his voice. How do I know this?
Romans 1:20 tells us how we know this. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
(And we have the testimony of those who do hear his voice through faith. The one who writes this testifies. And some who read this testify. The voice of God, one may say, also comes from those who know him. Perhaps better said, those God knows in Jesus His Holy and Righteous Son. The people would find advantedge listening to the words of such people, instead of pre-judging them as worthless.)
He speaks to us from what we can say “IS”. Because life “IS”.
And we must inject another slice of information here. God does not demand too much, for he gives us everything we need to accomplish his Holy will in our lives. To say he does not, is to join with satan in the primary accusation that has caused creation of this place of testing in the first place. We find the second slice of information in the following scripture.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1)
Rejecting this promise is a sincerely precarious place to choose to live! For if we do not receive his wisdom, that God is so willing to give freely, we will surely lack precious gifts. (Even, perhaps, finding death in the end. For not a single one of those who of those who heard the Thunders from the mountain receive the promise of God.)
Having read this, it is now your responsibility to act. Though having said that, (it sounds like a threat) the Wonders that God is willing to give to any man is far worth the struggle to suppress our rebelion (That which is crouching at our very door, desiring to have us. But we must master it. [Taken from Genesis 4:7])
Think about this deeply: we need faith because it will never cease to be necessary.
Go and see if what I have said is true.
P. S. The voice of God is called Jesus. Think about that for the rest of your life.