Lent – Day 35 – Today, If You Will Hear His Voice
“…again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7
“And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:8
God is present with us now. Jesus is here today, in our hearts and in His church, among His people. His presence is also indicative of the availability of His power, His salvation, His healing and His provision for us.
“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” John 10:14
Like sheep we need a Shepherd. He is our Shepherd. Though we sometimes stray or lose our way, when He speaks we hear His familiar voice and we are guided back to the fold and to following Him to where we find life, health, healing, wholeness, purpose and provision for every need in our lives.
“But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:26-27
But we can only hear Him and follow Him if we are familiar with His voice, uniquely distinguishable from all others. Does a wife or a husband not recognize the voice of their spouse? Does a child not recognize the voice of her mother? Can a son not discern from all others the voice of his father? Of course not! Because they have been intimately engaged with one another for a long time, exclusive of all others.
They know each other well because they have much time together, hours, days, months, years, listening to and talking with one another over a whole range of issues and situations. They know how each other thinks. They can anticipate what each other will do and how each will respond in almost any situation. Theirs is not just a passing acquaintanceship, but rather a deep abiding union with one another born of walking together through life’s ups and downs.
So it is with those who know the Lord, by and through an intimate deep relationship with His Word. They have developed the ability to hear the voice of God because they know the voice of His Word and thereby is their faith established.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
By hearing the Word again and again and again, we develop “ears to hear.” The more we believe and act on His Word, proving it in the fires and testing moments of life, the more we come to expect it to produce and function in our lives as the living source of God’s power working in and through us, to give and sustain our lives. We have ears to hear when we know the voice of the One speaking to us. The more we know His Word, the more we know His voice.
Today, if we will hear His voice…Listen! Do you hear Him?