“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
I hear God a lot. A whole lot. Daily in fact. Sometimes lots in a day. And night. Even the middle of the night. The Spirit of God who lives inside His followers speaks to my heart so very often. Always in line with the Bible because God only and always speaks in line with His Word. Hearing God speak to me as He lovingly teaches me, guides me, loves me, forgives me, comforts me, encourages me, convicts me, leads me to repentance, corrects me, and changes me, has become as natural to me as breathing. Hearing God is one of the greatest blessings of having a deeply personal, ever-growing relationship with Jesus. Why do I hear from the Lord often? Because I’m special? No!
Friend, God speaks to His people. You may be surprised by how many people with whom I interact don’t believe God speaks to His children. The Bible makes clear from beginning to end that the Lord has a voice and speaks. Who hears Him? Those who listen. He speaks directly from the Bible to us, and He speaks by His Spirit to our hearts individually as He leads us through our lives. We need to take the time to listen. We need to believe He speaks to us so we do listen. And we need to want to hear Him.
Is it possible some of us are afraid to listen to the Lord speaking to us individually because we’re afraid of what He might say, of what He might call us to do, of how He might chasten us, of how He might instruct us, of how He might change us, even afraid perhaps of the strength and beauty of His immeasurable love for us and His desire for us to have intimacy with Him as Lord?
An intimate relationship develops over time. It takes love, devotion, commitment, time together, seeking, hearing, giving, receiving, sharing, growing, etc.
Spend time with Jesus daily. Pray. Read the Bible. Seek God. Listen. Hear. Obey. Grow. In Christ. Grow closer to Christ. Hear God speak to you in and through and in line with His Word. Hear God, yes!
If you’re one of God’s sheep, one of Christ’s followers, then you have the ability to hear from God and God has the desire for you to seek Him, to hear Him, and, yes, to obey Him!