Very few have ever claimed to hear God’s audible voice but many, me included, claim to know God’s voice. How do you recognize God’s voice?
I was reading in John 9 this morning. I’ve been pondering the story of this blind man. I’ve been thinking about his healing for quite some time and maybe I’ll share with you my thoughts later but today I hovered over the last few verses where the man recognizes who Jesus is. He hears His voice and immediately believes then worships Jesus.
I love how when Mary goes to the tomb to find Jesus’ body, she finds a “gardener.” She does not recognize Jesus until He speaks her name. At the sound of His voice, she instantly recognizes Him.
I’m thinking how similar this is in my life. I’m simply going about my day when something interrupts me and suddenly I recognize Jesus’ voice. Now, I don’t hear an audible voice but I do feel a catch in my heart. Sometimes it’s a thought that is much too complex or beautifully put together to be from my mind. Sometimes it contains wisdom connected to God’s Word that I’ve never seen before that instant. Sometimes it’s just a revelation where I suddenly know the answer to something I’ve been praying about for awhile.
Whatever the case, however you want to explain it, I know it is God speaking to my heart. It still takes my breath away every time it happens and I still wrestle with questions and emotions when I want to hear Him clearly and I can’t.
Last night I took some time to sit with God and just ask Him how to get from point A to point B in my life right now. I have a few questions. After a bit I just felt like He was nudging me to some action in my life. For me the action was as simple as a couple of emails, research on the internet to pray about some other decisions and setting a couple of goals for myself.
If you’re feeling unrest, questioning or dissatisfaction in any area of your life, try sitting down with Jesus today and just simply asking Him where to go from here. If you don’t get an answer, try sitting again tomorrow and the day after that. By being silent in His presence, you create and cultivate an atmosphere in your heart where His voice can resonate and eventually, you will recognize it.
I think about Samuel in the temple sleeping. He hears God’s voice but doesn’t recognize it. Eli tells him how to respond to God by saying, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” Samuel responds to God and God speaks to him.
Today I’m going to listen for God’s voice Samuel-style. I’m going to respond like the blind man and seek Mary’s intimacy with Jesus. Will you join me?
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10