Reflection for Fri 1 May

There are many voices calling for our attention at the moment. The voices of politicians, pressure groups, scientists, economists. In terms of work, some are very busy, others have more free time, or are even furloughed. How are we doing at listening to, and hearing God’s voice at this time?

By nature, I am someone who wants to get on and do. But some of the things I want to do, had planned to do, are not possible at the moment. But I can listen to God, I can spend time waiting on him, giving his voice time and space.

The question I challenge myself with, and I ask you, is – Can we hear him?
We should be able to! After all, we are his children, he loves to speak to us. I am sure he is willing to speak to us, more than we are willing to listen.

So, my question to us all is – “Can you hear him?”
At this time, we probably have lots to say to God. Things we need or want, problems we would like him to resolve (and possibly even suggestions as to how he should do this). But do we give him, the all wise, all powerful, and all loving God a chance to speak, or do we drown him out with our own chatter?

In John 10, Jesus says;
“2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:2-4, 27

Jesus here says that his sheep hear his voice. Not maybe, or just a few of them. But they DO hear his voice. There are a couple of conditions, though. Firstly, it is his sheep who hear his voice, not sheep who do not belong to him, but those who know him, and are known by him. So, the first question must be – Are we one of his sheep? If we are, then we should expect to hear his voice.
However, there is a second condition, the sheep have to listen to his voice. God may be speaking, but are we listening?

There can also be other blocks. God is not likely to speak to us, if we have set in our hearts, to take no notice, if we are rebellious.
Isa 50:4-5 Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.”

So, can we hear him? Do we give him time and space to speak? Are we willing to obey if he does speak?
How are we doing with those spiritual disciplines we spoke about in our Sunday series at the start of the year: prayer, Bible reading, worship?

Let’s prioritise listening to his voice, and I am sure we will find he is wanting to speak to us.

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