There are so many voices crying out to you and me every day. They will never cease their crying out. I have found that I must pay close attention to the power of the voices I hear each day. Why? Because of the influence of voices. The voice can cause an action or a response, which can cause the emotions of excitement, fear, joy, peace, despair, depression and delight. The voice has so much power is because the voice carries words. The Word of God tells that death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) In other words, the words bring death or life. The daily news is an example of a voice. The broadcasters report one event after the other. Have you ever noticed how quickly they go from story to story. The words spoken have the power bring a daily burden as the words of crime, economic collapse, the Congress and the fiscal cliff, shootings, killings, panda’s born, sequestration, US Supreme Court DOMA hearings, global warming, high profile scandals, etc. Other voices are voices of fame, selfish ambition, voices that promise to make you somebody (in Christ we are already somebody), voices crying out to do this, do that, go here and go there.
Positive and the negative are an every day event for all of us. This is why we need to take the time to hear the voice of Jesus speak. In St. John 10:27-28, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Hearing the voice of God is not always a big dramatic occasion. The prophet Elijah heard lot of noise, but the still small voice, not anything dramatic, was where he heard God speak. (I Kings 19:11-12). When we take time to hear his voice and silence the other voices, there is much to be said. He will speak clear direction, comfort in the time of trouble and peace to the troubled soul. When was the last time you really heard His voice? When searching for directions, don’t forget to listen for his voice more than the voice of others. Not that the wisdom of others won’t be great gain, but when He speaks, you and I are much stable in what we believe as truth. Have you ever had to make a decision and solicited the advice of friends and loved ones? In the end, sometimes it can be so confusing and you’re worse off than before you asked. I have found a remedy and that is to get in a quiet place and pray to hear the Lord’s opinion on the matter. After he speaks, rise up in peace and go forth. At times, this has been easier said than done for me. Therefore, I do not speak as an expert. I speak as a woman that is a work in progress with a passion to really hear His voice and do His will.
My journey is your journey, so let’s dialogue about this.