Have you ever gotten into trouble listening to the wrong voice? If you have you are not alone. What did the Lord teach you through that experience? Have you tried listening to God’s voice?
The voice of God speaks to us through His word and the Holy Spirit. This is the voice that builds up others, is always for the good, and stretches us to walk by faith not by sight. When we listen to satan’s voice it is usually connected to selfishness, thinking of only ourselves, and our sinful desires.
David was Listening to God’s Voice
A paranoid King Saul was hunting down David and trying to kill him. David had a deep relationship with the Lord and easily recognized His voice. It was this voice that guided him throughout his life. His friends assumed that God must have given Saul into David’s hand and urged David to kill Saul. But what voice were they listening to?
David, on the other hand, listened to the voice of God. As we get to know the Lord, we begin to realize that the Lord does not try to confuse us. The Lord does not tell one thing to David and the opposite to his men. Fortunately, David had discernment.
Samuel 24:1 After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. 2 So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats. 3 At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave!
4 “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’ ” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. 5 But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe.
What Voice do You Listen To?
How do we know what voice to listen to? Is it God’s voice? Scripture gives us great insight into the importance of asking the Lord for wisdom. James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. Prayer is part of developing a relationship with God that helps us recognize His voice. The more time we spend with the Lord in His word, prayer and worship the easier it is to know His voice.
God desires to speak directly to you. As a good Father, he longs to engage with you in continual conversation. So great was His longing for communication that He’s given you the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit, you now have access to the heart of God. You can know His will, hear His voice, and live with the knowledge of His love. You can live life listening to God’s voice.
John 16:13 says, “ When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. If you are a believer in Jesus, the “Spirit of truth” has come. He dwells within you and longs to tell you how God feels about you. The Holy Spirit longs to guide you to the Father’s perfect, hopeful, and pleasing plans (Ref. Jeremiah 29:11). His voice is perfect, full of love, and always truthful. He will never guide you into something that isn’t best for you. He will never speak hate or condemnation to you. As John 16:13 promises, He will declare to you what He hears the Father say.
Lord, thank you for Your willingness to communicate with me. I am only dirt, but You are so invested in my life that You want to be my friend and guide me and I am so grateful. Open my heart, oh Lord, to hear Your voice. Help me to listen to Your words and follow the directions laid before me in Your Word. Draw me closer to You and never let me go. Amen.
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