Today’s Reading: John 10:22-42 (additional reading: Psalm 116:1-19 & Proverbs 15:20-21)
Believers often ask, “What is God’s will for me?” What do we actually mean when we say we want to know the will of God? It means we want to know His plan for our lives. We want His guidance in specific decisions so we can make wise choices. We desire His direction in the circumstances of life. The question we should be asking is, “How can I know the voice of God?”
Knowing the voice of God results in finding the will of God. God wants you to know His will: Jesus said believers could know the voice of God and distinguish it from “strange” voices that give wrong guidance: (See John 10:3-5)
Believers are compared to sheep. It is the characteristic of sheep not to know where they are going. They must be led. Jesus said He was the shepherd or leader of the sheep. He said His sheep would know His voice and follow Him instead of the “strange” voices of man, self, or Satan. I will hear what God the Lord will speak… (Psalms 85:8)
A man was having difficulty communicating with his wife and concluded that she was becoming hard of hearing. So he decided to conduct a test without her knowing about it. One evening he sat in a chair on the far side of the room. Her back was to him and she could not see him. Very quietly he whispered, “Can you hear me?” There was no response. Moving a little closer, he asked again, “Can you hear me now?” Still no reply. Quietly he edged closer and whispered the same words, but still no answer. Finally, he moved right in behind her chair and said, “Can you hear me now?” To his surprise and chagrin, she responded with irritation in her voice, “For the fourth time, yes!”
The hearing problem may not be with God not speaking but with us not listening!