26 May Are you listening?
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” – John 10:27-28
Last week in our Bible Study’s journey through the Bible in one year, we read and studied the book of 1st Samuel. In 1st Samuel chapter 3, we read the story of God calling out to Samuel while he lied in bed one night. Three separate times the Lord called out to Samuel by name and three separate times, Samuel went running to Eli (his father figure at the time) because he didn’t recognize the voice of the Lord.
It had me thinking, “How many times have I, myself, ignored God’s calling to me because I didn’t recognize His voice?”
Now, there are several reasons to not recognize someone’s voice when you hear them – like that you don’t know them well enough to recognize their voice, or that you’ve never met them at all, so their voice is new – but when you know someone intimately, the main reason you don’t recognize that they’re calling to you is that you’re not listening.
So often I spend my prayer time, sharing my needs and asking blessings upon my people, that I often forget to just listen for God’s voice. In fact, I think most of the time I’m rushing around, distracted, focused on the day to day, or even so tired I just need to get through my prayers so I can sleep, that really pausing to listen to Him becomes a practice that I don’t ever keep.
The Lord tells us to be still and know that He is God, but do we make time to be still and listen?
I wonder what would happen to my marriage if I rushed through my day to day, only communicating my needs (and expecting my husband to listen) without making time to listen to him? It sure would seem like a one way relationship, and I know that I wouldn’t be able to experience the blessing that it is to truly know my husband as intimately as I do.
So why do I allow that to be the norm in my relationship with Jesus?
His promise is intimacy and love, but we must be willing to first know Him intimately enough to recognize His voice so that we can best follow Him.
Today, I encourage you to make space for some quiet time with Jesus today. Invite Him in to speak into your heart and then truly listen. Don’t expect Him to speak the way that you need Him to speak, instead be open to listening throughout the day. Look for His voice in the world around you, and listen in those still and silent moments. That nudging in your heart that you’ve felt before? It may have been Him all along.