Knowing the reasons why God speaks to us is especially helpful in hearing His voice, as it supplies us with a basis and a motivation to listen to Him.
1. God speaks to reveal His purposes. God has a grand purpose in mind for all of His children. Therefore, whenever He speaks to us He speaks to reveal His purposes, not just to engage us in meaningless conversation. Blackaby, in his book, Experiencing God,said that when God spoke to Abraham (Gen. 12) He was about to begin to build a nation. And so He spoke to him with the intent of revealing His purposes and to prepare him to join Him in the work of carrying out those purposes.
Theoretically speaking, since work without a purpose has no meaning, and it therefore will not provide the worker with sufficient motivation to do the work, it is always wise to inform the worker of the purpose of his work. For this reason, God revealed to Abraham His purposes: to make him a great nation, to bless him, and to make his name great (Gen. 12:2). And so it makes sense that God revealed His purpose to Abraham so that he would be motivated to join Him in His work; that is, so that he would be motivated to leave his country, his relatives, and his father’s house to go to the land that God would show him (v. 1). And, as it happened, Abraham did leave his country and his relatives, and he went to that new land, where God made him a great nation.
That was God’s purpose for Abraham. And God has grand purposes for each of us. If you are willing to follow Him and listen to His voice, He will take you by the hand and show you His purposes, purposes that will involve you in His work.
2. God speaks to involve us in His work. God will show you His purposes, but in order to accomplish those purposes we must be involved in His work. Even though the work is His work, He desires that we help Him with it. Therefore, When He speaks to us, first He will declare to us His purposes, and then He will tell us how to do His work. For example, when God told Noah to build an ark He first gave him the purpose of building the ark (to save them from the flood that was coming), then He told him how to build it (out of gopher wood, etc., Gen. 6:13ff.).
Now when God speaks to us He does more than just instruct us as to how to do His work. He speaks to us from the Word to build us up and to encourage us to trust Him—for if we don’t trust Him the work won’t get done. And the way He encourages us to trust Him is by revealing His ways to us. Accordingly, He tells us who He is. He says to us, “I am a faithful God who does no wrong.” He says to us, “I am a refuge for the oppressed and for the poor.” He says to us, “I am the Lord who will provide for you; I am the bread of life.” He says, “I am the Savior of the World.” And there are hundreds of other things from the Scriptures that God will say to us, all of which will serve to build up our faith so that we can do His work better.
3. God speaks to us to bring us into a loving relationship with Him. All our work with God should be to enter into a closer relationship with Him, and to help people hear His voice so that they may come into a loving relationship with Him. It is God’s highest goal for all of us, and so it is the main reason why He speaks to us.
With this goal in mind, it is vitally important for you to learn how to communicate and to commune with God, as these things will help to maintain your loving relationship and in many cases will rekindle a luke-warm relationship. Just as conversation can help to bring a floundering couple back together, so conversation, even small talk, can help to rekindle a cold relationship between you and God. In fact, when I get to heaven that is what I want to do—just sit and talk to Jesus, about anything. And there is nothing wrong with that. We can’t work all the time. We have to take some time to rest, relax, and enjoy. I need that time with Him and He desire it of me too.