Jn.12:28 – Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

The Lord spoke audibly to Jesus at least three times during His time on earth. If you examine His life closely the Father was always speaking to Jesus. Jesus would often say “I only do the things I see my Father do” or “i only say the things I hear my Father say”. The question in all of our minds right now may be this, “Does God speak to us like that today”. There are times that the Lord speaks audibly (though that is very rare) but He is always speaking to those who have ears to hear. Two things are critical to be able to hear the voice of the Lord. First, it is important to have your own will out of the way. Too many fall back on the cliche “the Lord told me to do such and such” when they are just using that as an excuse to do their own thing. Second, stay saturated in the Bible. The Bible is the main tool God uses to speak to us. Here is how Barclay describes this.

“It is to be noted that the voice of God came to Jesus at all the great moments of his life….What God did for Jesus, he does for us all. When he sends us out upon a road, he does not send us without directions and without guidance. When he gives us a task, he does not leave us to do it in the lonely weakness of our own strength. God is not silent, and again and again, when the strain of life is too much for us, and the effort of his way is beyond our human resources, if we listen we will hear him speak, and we will go on with his strength surging through our frame. Our trouble is not that God does not speak, but that we do not listen.”

So maybe you are looking for direction or, like all of us, you are becoming more aware of your need in this dangerous world for God’s guidance. Jesus said , “My sheep hear my voice’. Offer yourself to God’s plan for your life, in other words get out of your own way. Secondly, immerse yourself in God’s world. These two ingredients will guarantee that you begin to hear His voice.

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