Learning to Listen

To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” -John 10:3-4

Before Jesus came to earth, God spoke to His people through priests and prophets. But when Jesus came to earth and died for us, He broke the barrier that stood between unholy people and a holy God. Now we have the ability to speak and hear directly from God. While God still does speak to us through others, it no longer has to be the only way to communicate with God. I’ve often wondered why He would want to speak to us. Why would He want to speak to the people who sin against Him? The answer is because our God is a God of love and forgiveness. He not only wants us to tremble before Him in awe of who He is, but to look at Him as our closest friend.  Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Our closest friends are the ones we tell our troubles and secrets to. God wants to be that friend in your life. He wants us to tell Him everything. He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him.

God listens to our every prayer (Jerimiah 29:12), but do we always listen to God? Sometimes we are too busy speaking to listen to what God is trying to speak to us. Now, don’t get me wrong. God does want us to speak to Him, but He also wants us to listen. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” In this verse, to be still means to be silent. To be able to hear God speak to us, we must listen for His voice. If you’re not listening for it, then you won’t hear it.

In John 10:3-4, Jesus said, ”To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow Him for they know His voice.” A shepherd has a certain call that is known and recognized by all his sheep. When the shepherd calls for the sheep, they come because they know the shepherd’s voice. We should be the same way with God. We must learn to tune out the noises of the world that distract us from God’s voice. When we learn to do this, we will be able to hear His voice more clearly. We will depend on His voice, rather than the voices of others, to lead us. So let’s not only pour out our hearts to God, but also learn to listen.

In Christ,

Callie

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