Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hearing God's Voice

"...and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name... and his sheep follow him because they know his voice" John 10:3-4.

Recently I have been pondering the statement, "he who has ears to hear, let him hear" which Jesus says many times. For me this speaks about tuning in to what God is saying. Often times I find myself reading the Bible, yet my mind is thinking about something else. Even in church I can be singing and yet my mind is far away. So I have been challenged to really tune in to what God is saying to me.

I think tuning in to God involves having an expectation that God wants to say something to us. As parents we always have something to say to our children and I believe the same is true of God. We also need to give God the opportunity to speak to us through reading the Bible, praying and through taking the time to listen.

God speaks in many ways. We might be reading the Bible, when it's as if the words leap up off the page, or we may get an idea, an impression, or a desire that comes to us after prayer. We then need to learn whether it's of God or of ourselves and this takes practice. It takes time to "know his voice".

Sometimes we don't listen to God because we are afraid of what he might say. But we need have no fear of Someone who loves us perfectly.

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