Are you making time to stop and be quiet? Are you actively listening? Can you hear that still quiet voice? What would it take for you to listen? What would it take for you to want to hear? What would it take for you to do what you are being told?
When you are called, will you answer? When you are asked, will you answer? When you are directed, will you go?
Can you distinguish between the voices in order to know who is speaking to you? Can you hear that is it is someone you can believe in and trust vs someone who is trying to manipulate or hurt you?
Let’s consider the story of the good shepherd…
1“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”
6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
19 When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him. 20 Some said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” 21 Others said, “This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
–from John 10
Ever heard George Marshall’s formula for being a good listener?
‘Formula for handling people:
- Listen to the other person’s story
- Listen to the other person’s full story
- Listen to the other person’s full story first.’
–from George Marshall
So will you give God your full attention while you read His Word? Will you give God your full attention when you pray in order to hear?
Building a good relationship with others as well as with God requires we become good listeners, can you do it?
Listen to God
Day 189: Bible In One Year 2017
Devotional, Psalms 81:8-16, Acts of the Apostles 26:24-32, Acts of the Apostles 27:1-12, 2 Kings 16, 2 Kings 17
- Listen to God speak to you through the psalms … Psalm 81:8-16
- Listen to God speak to you through the apostles … Acts 26:24-31. 27:1-12
- Listen to God speak to you through the prophets … 2 Kings 16-17