John The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow
These words of Jesus tell us that if we are His sheep we are listening to His voice and that we follow Him. But, I wonder, how often have I heard Him and ignored what He was telling me? Have I been to busy? Have I been too afraid? Have I heard Him but was so far from Him that I did not recognize it was Him?
God will speak to us in different ways at different times. The main way He speaks to us is through His written word. He will never tell us something that goes against what is written in the Bible.
Here’s what 2 Tim. 3:16-17 tells us about the written word of God.
Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (amp)
If we are not rooted in The Word of God we will not know His voice.
He will also speak to us through other people, our circumstances and as we read in the story of Elijah (1 Kings -13) that “still small voice”.
When I think back on this day it occurs to me that we both should be so very honored and grateful to our Heavenly Father. He had a child in need of prayer and because He loves him so much He looked for someone who was willing. On the other side, He had a child who was not giving Him her best. So, He “yanked” her up “interrupted” her day and gave her the privilege of being used by Him. I am for certain that on that day at that time it was ALL of HIM and NONE of me!!!
To some people this story may not sound all that amazing. But, to me it was a life changing moment!!! It put me on a path to a much closer relationship then I ever had with Him.
My prayer this week is that each of us will listen to the voice of our Father. I pray that we will not ignore Him and that we will be ready and willing to do as He instructs us.