“When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:4-5
“The sheep follow Him, for they know His voice…” Do you know the voice of God? Do you hear Him when He’s calls out to you? Do you clearly hear Him? It says that His sheep know His voice…but they do not know the voice of a stranger so they won’t follow him. But how do you know it’s His voice? How do you discern what God’s saying in the midst of all the noise and chaos of the world?
A few weeks ago I called my doctors office with a question. In a very rare instance, the doctor answered the phone. The question really had nothing to do with me, I was calling on someone else’s behalf, so I didn’t identify myself. But after I had asked the question and he answered, he questioned “Is this Andy?” He knew my voice because of our relationship. He knew my voice because we have talked regularly. (It’s a sad state of affairs when your doctor recognizes your voice, but that’s a whole ‘nother story) He knew my voice because of the time invested. How is it that we expect to hear from God; for Him to answer prayers and show us what He wants for us if we don’t invest in the relationship? How is it that we expect everything, but give so little?
We will never know God or His voice, if we’re not reading the Word on our own; if we’re not spending time in prayer; if we’re not walking with Him. Being a Christian in name only isn’t being a Christian at all. It’s all about walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Do you know Him?
Charles Stanley once said: “God is always ready to speak into your life. The question is, are you ready to listen?” Its time to stop pushing God aside because of the busyness of life. You have time to do what you want to do. Its time for a fresh encounter with God.