Consider the miracle of speech. Our voice sets us apart from the animals. It allows us to communicate with each other. A voice is a powerful tool for good or for evil.
We’re about half-way through our 21 Day Experiment. I’m so glad you’re hanging in there! In John 10, Jesus encourages us to listen to His voice. “I am the good shepherd,” He tells us. A good shepherd proves his love by laying down his life for the sheep. He’s willing to defend those in his care, even if it means dying for them. Like any loving parent, I’d give up my life in a heartbeat to defend my kids! Not like the hired hand, who cuts and runs when danger hits (John 10:10-13).
Think of the people whose voice is familiar to you. When my husband calls, he doesn’t have to identify himself. I know his voice because I know him so well.
So it is with God. The better we get to know Him, the more easily we recognize His voice. “Tune your ears to my voice” (Proverbs 4:20 MSG), says the Lord. One way we “tune” our hearts is by spending time reading and meditating on His Word.
Training our heart to hear God’s voice is one of our most important tasks as believers. Quite a challenge in our busy, noisy world! Daily, we’re bombarded by so many voices. Some speak truth, but others lead us astray.
God’s Word promises us that listening to His voice will bring blessings and protection. “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20).
When we make a decision to follow Jesus, we begin to recognize His voice. My watchword today encourages me to listen:
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow Me (John 10:27).
A few simple tips that help me sharpen my hearing:
- I carve out time first thing for God’s Word and prayer. I call this my “morning launch.”
- I have a special chair in my bedroom. I shut my door—and unplug from technology.
- I don’t evaluate my day ‘til I run, have my coffee, and pray—not always in that order.
- I have a plan and a few tools: My Bible, a journal, and my Chubby Book.
- I slowly prayerfully read my Bible selection. I take my Chubby Book (with my verse and prayer list) while folding clothes, driving across town, going for an afternoon walk.
- I sometimes text a prayer partner to “agree” with me about a specific prayer.
- I am watchful for little “God winks” throughout the day that remind me He’s “got this.”
Prayer: Lord, you’re the Good Shepherd. It’s worth my first and best energy to spend time listening to Your voice. Open my eyes to catch glimpses of how You’re at work all around me today!