Quite often when we speak about hearing God, we think it is something mysterious and mystical, even weird. Perhaps it is because we live and grew up in an environment where oriental religions and cultures dominate, where divine revelation belonged exclusively to priests and a few “holy” hermits.

However, even a casual reading of Scripture will reveal quite a different picture. Hearing God is not exclusively for a few “holy” elite. God speaks to whomever, in whatever way and wherever He chooses to. He especially delights to speak to those whom He calls His own.

If we identify ourselves as sheep of God’s flock, we are perfectly placed to hear Him. In John 10:27, Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Sheep learn quickly to recognize their master’s voice and differentiate it from that of imposters’.

As sheep, we need to be able to hear our Lord’s voice in the sea of voices that cry out for our attention. The key to discerning God’s voice is the quality of relationship that we have with Him. There is no two ways about it. “We must be in a growing love relationship with God and trust Him. It is that simple.”

(Larry Kreider, Speak Lord, I’m Listening).

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