“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27
One day, God spoke to Samuel the first prophet of Israel to fill his horn and go straight to the house of Jesse because in his house lies a king among his sons He has chosen for Himself to rule over His people Israel. The instruction to go was clear but the one to anoint was not known so he departed according to the word of the Lord.
When Samuel got to the house of Jesse, he requested that Jesse should bring in all his sons. So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!” – 1 Samuel 16:6
The moment he saw Eliab, he concluded that he is definitely the one to be anointed, remember, the one to be anointed has still not been revealed. At that point, God quickly spoke before the prophet anointed the wrong man. Sometimes, the best choices in life do not necessary come as we expect them to. If the Lord had not intervened, Samuel would have anointed Eliab in the place of David.
There is a danger in not hearing the voice of God every time, what God said yesterday might not necessarily be what He is saying today, so it is very important in our walk with God to always listen out for His voice otherwise like Samuel, though anointed, gifted and willing with a good heart, we could easily do God’s work based on what we see rather what we hear Him say to us.
There is a danger in not hearing the voice of God every time, what God said yesterday might not necessarily be what He is saying today.
Jesus said to us in John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice“, if you are truly a sheep, the voice of Jesus will not be strange to you. The problem is not that God is not speaking but we are not given ourselves to listening. The interesting thing here is that Jesus said not only did His sheep hear His voice, “I know them” and the proof that they hear My voice is that “they follow me“. In other words, following Jesus in the most uncomfortable circumstances of life is the proof that you hear His voice.
Back to the story of Samuel, the Lord shows us how He sees by what He said in 1 Samuel 16:7: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
While men look at the appearance (what can be seen), The Lord looks at the heart (what cannot be seen). Paul also made it clear in 2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Christianity is a walk of faith and the way to thrive in this walk is to hear and obey the voice of the Lord. There are instructions we will never read in a book nor hear another man preach, but will only come directly from the voice of God. So it absolutely vital that we seek to hear His voice at all times.
There are instructions we will never read in a book nor hear another man preach, but will only come directly from the voice of God.
I believe that the greatest voice any man can hear is the voice of Jesus calling out to him to open the door of his heart as He patiently waits and knocks. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” – Revelation 3:20.
Let the voice of Jesus be the most important voice you respond to this season and let Him be the centre of it all.
Lord, Open my ears to hear your voice clearly when You speak to me.