John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
I don’t know how many times I have missed the voice of the Lord while being so busy.
See we are accustomed to the static of the world more than our Shepherd’s voice. Our hearts are more receptive to doom than the gracious and merciful voice of our Lord.
Aren’t we paradoxical beings?
The Prince of this world roars like a lion looking for someone to devour, yet we are accustomed to its roar more than the roar of The lion of the Tribe of Judah.
He works best with distractions. He keeps the Word away from us lest we get know our Shepherd voice.
He knows how hedonistic Christ is at heart, able to lavish us with His surpassing love if only we draw nigh – Ephesians 3;19, so he makes us busy bodies.
He directs all our energies to pious religious acts that may seem all right on the surface, but are a parody of the real thing.
He enjoys watching us being Pharisaical Christians, moving past or never getting to the Lord’s beacons.
We spend time doing things for God, instead of simply being with God.
Shh…. listen…WHAT DO YOU HEAR… To know His voice, we must drop every dumbbell of sin, cast down every care, put down every weight, shut down every other voice and listen – attentively.
We must be deliberate in finding time to communicate to him, no matter how squeezed and squashed we feel by the tyranny of urgent.
We must clean out every religious wax clogs our ears, for if we don’t, our ears will soon itch, dull in hearing the voice of the Lord. – 2nd Timothy 4:3.
We must bust our self-righteous bubble. The bubble that makes us feel connected to God simply because we get to Church earlier than anyone else or can sing along the lyrics of every Christian song.
We must take off the garment that makes us walk with a prideful, superficial holier than thous cavalier and a false strength that leaves us untouched by His grace.
We must shut off every other sound that makes a whining sound close to our ears, and be attentive to the gentle voice of our Lord.
Quiet them all down and listen to Him. He is talking. His voice can only be clearer if only you ‘shhhhh…. listen….’ #marriageworks