Hebrews 11:6 says: "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."
These words are as reassuring to me as was the sermon in church this week. The sermon was about listening to the voice of God. We often hear many Christians say God tells them this and God tells them that. Being a relatively matured Christian, I confess I have never heard an audible voice of God. This week the sermon was in the form of an interview, and at the end of it the speakers were asked to summarize in a few words what they think is most important. The first speaker says "Saturate yourself in the word of God". This makes sense to me. The word of God helps us to know God and if we know Him well, then we distinguish Him from amongst all the noises and distractions. The second speaker said "Be still". Of course, how can we hear anyone unless we pause and listen keenly? The third speaker said we must learn to discern. Is it God's voice, or the devil's , or your own thoughts that are running through your head? All three can happen. To sharpen his thoughts, the speaker said he finds it useful to start writing down his thoughts. That, I also agree wholeheartedly. That's why I blog.
Back to Hebrews 11:6. The Bible says clearly here that anyone who comes to God must believe He exists. That's faith. If everyone can hear an audible voice from God (I'm not saying it never happens), faith will cease to play its intended role.