“My wife and I had dinner last night with a couple who are good friends,” Stan said.
“How was that?” I asked.
“We always enjoy our time together, but it’s also always an interesting experience being with them.”
“In what way?”
“The husband has a deep resonating voice,” Stan replied. “It’s a pleasure just to hear him talk regardless of what he’s saying.”
“On the other hand, his wife has a high squeaky voice that’s kind of grating. She always has a lot of great things to say, but it’s not as easy to listen to her voice.”
“I guess,” I commented, “that you have to get past the sound and listen to the content.”
“So very true, my friend,” Stan responded. “And as I reflect on this, it has a direct application to my faith walk and how I listen to the voice of God.”
“Is His voice always pleasant?” I asked.
“Yes and no,” Stan replied. “It’s always pleasant to hear God’s voice from the standpoint of hearing from the Lord God Almighty, but, depending on what He’s saying to me, I may or may not view it as being pleasant.”
“He may be saying something I don’t want to hear, but that’s really beside the point.”
“The point of my relationship with Him. How pleasant I perceive God’s voice to be is dependent on where I am in my relationship with Him. If I’m right with Him, His voice is always pleasant. If I’m not, it probably won’t be.”
“And,” he continued, “it’s my responsibility to see that I maintain the relationship in the way He intends so I will hear His voice as He intends. Not only hear it, but listen to it as well!”
“And, as we’ve talked about before,” Stan concluded, “listening is a whole lot more important than just hearing.”
Bible verses to consider:
This is My beloved Son, listen to Him! Mark 9:7.
To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice. Psalm 68:33.
And behold, a voice came out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you speak to me in a voice that is always pleasant. It is a joy just to hear your voice, in whatever way you are speaking to me. Please help me in always wanting to hear your voice regardless of what you are saying. Open me to not only hear you, but to truly listen to what you have to say to me, listen so I will adjust my life to be in accordance with your exact will for me. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Do you think it’s possible to hear God’s voice? Why or why not? Do you always find God’s voice to be pleasant, regardless of what He is saying to you? Why or why not? Are there times when you do not like to hear what God has to say to you? If so, why is that? Do you want to be open to always hear God’s voice? If so, do you know how that can and will happen?