I have come to a point in life where i know that God is my Friend. He is no longer my Judge. Here "Wayne Monbleau" says, better than I could ever say, what I know.
Chapter 3 of Wayne's book, Friendship With God
“If there is one voice you can look forward to hearing, it’s the voice of your Friend.”
Do you want to hear God’s voice? Do you think this is important, or do you think you can manage without it? I hope you do want to hear His voice, for Jesus said, in the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John, “My sheep hear My voice” (verse 27). What does this mean? In what way can you hear His voice? If you are not seeing God as your friend, then chances are you will have a very difficult time hearing His voice.
You have an image of God. Somewhere inside of you there is a mental concept of what God is like. If He is not your friend, then He must be something else to you. Perhaps you view Him as the hard taskmaster who is just waiting to let you have it the first time you slip up. Obviously, if that’s your picture of God, you won’t be eager to hear from Him.
Or maybe you see Him as your Savior, but as a rather disinterested Savior Who really doesn’t care that much about you in a personal way. Once again, if that’s your concept of God, you will probably have difficulty hearing His voice because you will not believe He would take the time to talk to you in the first place. The basic point I’m making is this; if there isn’t a healthy relationship and understanding between you and God, then communication is going to be a problem.
But think of this for a moment. What a joy it is for you to talk with your best friend. You’re always glad to hear that voice because you know love, acceptance, and genuine affection will be expressed to you. You don’t have to worry about being put down or criticized. It’s good to hear your best friend’s voice, isn’t it? Think now of the possibilities in your life if you will allow God to be your Best Friend, and if you will accept the fact that He thinks of you as His friend.
Can you see that how you look at God determines the type of communication you will have with Him? In developing your friendship with God, hearing His voice will become the delight of your heart.
Back now to John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice.” How could you, as one of His sheep, hear His voice? I believe the answer is found in the Book of Hebrews. Three times in the space of two chapters, the author of this epistle quotes the same Scripture.
Originally from the ninety-fifth Psalm, the text says, “Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 3:7 & 15, 4:7 King James).
If you truly want to hear God’s voice, you must first believe you can hear His voice. If you refuse to believe this, then you would be, essentially, “hardening your heart.”
In this section of Hebrews, chapters 3 and 4, the author was speaking about entering into the rest of the Lord. Using the nation of Israel as an example, he wrote about what happens when God’s people refuse to believe Him. In Israel’s case, they refused to believe God had given them the promised land. So they said, “We’re not going in there.” God’s reply was, “all right, you won’t go in. As a matter of fact, you will never enter.” And that ushered in 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.
This is what I am saying regarding your friendship with God. If you say, “It can’t be true. I’m not God’s friend, not little old me. Only a special group of Christians who are stronger than I can be God’s friend.” Then, sure enough, if that’s your frame of mind, you probably never will realize Christ as your friend. Unbelief will harden your heart, and you won’t be able to hear God’s voice.
How can you hear God’s voice? By accepting the truth of Scripture in a personal way. Unfortunately, many Christians have gotten into the habit of reading the Bible much like they would read any other book. The words are there, but they remain distant and impersonal. They’re not allowing the Word to become flesh. It’s only when you believe God’s Word in a personal way that you are letting yourself hear His voice.
It is crucial for you to hear God’s voice. Back in the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus said, referring to Himself as our Good Shepherd, “The sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (verse 4). The point Jesus made here is that our ability to follow Him depends upon our knowing His voice. Without that we won’t know how to follow Him.
And in the 3rd verse of the same chapter, He said, “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.” Two important truths are expressed here. The first is that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, calls His own sheep by name. Now, that’s personal. Do you know and accept that our Savior calls you by name? You mean something to Him. He knows you and looks upon you as an individual; an individual friend. A one-to-one relationship is what is being spoken of in this verse. The second point is the phrase, ‘he leads them out.” By being willing to hear God’s voice, you will be giving Jesus an opportunity to lead you.
Do you want to be led of the Lord? Do you want to be able to follow Him? Do you want to have a personal relationship with Him? These Scriptures say you can have all this just by hearing His voice. And, once again, you can hear His voice simply by believing what His Word says. I’m speaking of belief in a personal way, not belief in a merely historical way.
“Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” By receiving the truth of God’s Word as being for yourself, personally, you will be hearing God’s voice.