'HIS SHEEP FOLLOW HIM BECAUSE THEY KNOW HIS VOICE.' JOHN 10:4 NIV
One evening a friend visiting Peter Lord's home told him he could hear no fewer than 18 different kinds of crickets in his garden. Peter was amazed; he'd lived there for years and never heard one. The difference was, this man was a professor of entomology and he had learned to distinguish over 200 different cricket calls with his natural ear. Imagine learning to listen crickets! Looking back, Peter wrote: I suddenly understood that a person must want to hear, and learn to hear, and there were many sounds I was not hearing. Think what you've been missing all these years because you haven't wanted or learned to hear the voice of God speaking to you.
God often speaks to us through others. But the very gifts He speaks to us through can weaken our desire to hear from God for ourselves. The children of Israel said to Moses, we want you to hear from God for us, (See Exodus 20:18-19). the problem is, when you only hear from God through secondary sources it's easier not to make any real commitment, or to obey what you've heard. But when you know God is speaking to you personally you must make clear-cut decision. Jesus said, His sheep follow him because they know his voice, (John 10:3-4 NIV). Examine the heroes in your Bible. They were all flawed! So what gave them the strength to accomplish such great things? They knew God's voice! Nothing, absolutely nothing in your life is more important than learning to know God's voice when He speaks to you!
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 13-15, Luke 1:26-38, Ps 139:1-6, Pr 13:21-23 www.mpbs247.org