July 26, 2018
Listening to God’s Voice
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. – John 10:4
When I was a boy, before the advent of video games and air conditioning, all of the neighborhood kids would gather at the corner to play games in the evening. The parents would sit on the porches and visit back and forth, while we children would play “Kick the Can” and “Hide and Seek.” When it would be time to come home, my mother would call out my name. Even though I was often about a block away, I always knew her voice.
In a world filled with many kinds of “voices,” it is good to know God’s Voice. There are voices that would urge us to go this way or that way, but we want to know that still small Voice that we read about in Isaiah 30:21, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
I remember the first time I heard God’s Voice. I was about four years old, and I was sitting with my mother in church. The Scottish preacher said, “If there is sin in your heart, it will show on your face.” I got a mirror out of my mother’s purse to see the sin on my face. I don’t know what kind of sin I had at four, but I knew I had sin. I heard that Voice many more times as I was growing up, telling me I should be saved. I am so glad that at the age of eighteen, I listened to that Voice and gave my heart to God.
God’s Voice comes in many ways. It comes through prayer, reading the Bible, our parents, Sunday school teachers, the words of songs we sing, ministers, and testimonies of the redeemed. Also, the Bible tells us that even the Heavens declare the glory of God.
It may not always be possible to have good physical hearing, but we want to have perfect hearing in the spiritual sense.
Dear Lord, Please help me to tune my ears to Your Voice, so that when You call, I will hear.