ARE YOU LISTENING?

“Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.”  (John 18:37 MSG)

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“Doctor Brady, you’re needed in Surgery.”

“Susan Benton, please pick up extension 3491.

“Jonathon Horn, please come to the information desk.”

Sometimes the voice is looking for someone. Sometimes it gives information. Sometimes instruction. If you’ve ever worked in a hospital or large corporation with a public address system, you’d probably learned to tune that voice out.

It makes me wonder if I’ve done the same with God’s voice. Have I ever neglected to listen to Him or deliberately tuned Him out?

According to scripture, God’s guiding voice is a given. Our choice to listen to it is not. The prophet Isaiah knew God’s voice and explained it this way, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

Jesus described His followers by saying, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37 NASB)

Have you heard the voice of God in your life lately? Jesus’ words contain no conditions. If you are ‘of the truth’ you will hear His voice. If you seek the truth, love the truth, and live the truth, God’s guiding voice is a given. It’s a promise and it’s just as real as any public address system voice.

In John, Chapter 10, Jesus sought to explain the significant relationship between Himself and His followers through an illustration. Seizing on a familiar image to the people of Palestine He called himself the good shepherd and His followers His sheep. “My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me, and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28 CEV)

God’s voice could be as audible to you as it was to Moses at the burning bush. It could be as insistent as God calling Samuel by name. It may even be as stunning as it was to Saul on the road to Damascus. God has the ability to startle us if He wishes. But most likely His voice will be as subtle as Isaiah suggests – like a whisper in your ear, a thought in your mind, or an impression on your heart.

Some people don’t believe God speaks so we can hear. They believe that His voice is silent. But I wonder if the silence is the fault of the speaker or the listener. Am I too busy to listen, too comfortable to hear, or possibly too religious to notice?

He won’t speak where He’s  not welcome. The offer has been presented. The promise is plain. God’s voice is our choice. Are you really listening for Him?

“Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.” (John 18:37 MSG)

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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11 Comments on “ARE YOU LISTENING?”

  1. Skye Says:

    He speaks….everyday. We just have to train ourselves daily to listen. Awesome post!! 🙂 Have a blessed day.

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  2. This is a great encouragement. God does speak and often. We have to take the time to listen. This is perhaps the most imprtant and the most neglected part of the Christian prayer life.

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  3. In training here too. Great post! God’s voice will go where it is welcome. Amen!

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  4. We do hear Him when we are listening for Him. Thanks for this post! 🙂

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  5. terribell85 Says:

    Reblogged this on hisloveisreal and commented:
    This was a nice reminder to really listen for God, to stretch our ears to hear Him speak.

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  6. garden2day Says:

    A great post, Dave. Why is it that we are surprised and say people are crazy if they hear the voice of God-even Christians who know the Bible through and through? I think it is more like when I have my phone turned down. I think I’m listening but I’m not. To hear like Moses, I think we have to allow God to talk to us knowing that He can and will if we are ready but it is easier to turn the ringer off. 😉 God’s speaks to us every day in one form of the other. We perhaps need to clean out our ears. 😀 Be blessed so very much! – Amy 😀

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