Obedience And The Lord’s Voice
Previously I wrote about the various voices competing for our listening ears, and the most important voice is the voice of the Lord. So what do we do when we hear the voice of the Lord or at least we believe we have heard from the Lord? I submit that we are to obey, and that the quicker, the better.
Jesus said “my sheep hear my voice and follow me.” As followers of Jesus we should know His voice. That comes from being in the word and also from prayer and worship, and being with Him. In order to know someone you spend time with them, and after some time you learn to recognize their voice. You can even tell when things are good or bad by certain tones.
After we become acquainted we then get to the place where we have to make a decision with what we are told. Following Jesus requires us not only to hear His voice but to listen to Him. Listening goes beyond hearing. If I say I hear you but that’s all then you really don’t know to what degree. In other words, if I am listening and you say something I will probably respond by some action or reply other than “I hear you.” Following Jesus means we have listening ears and are following Him, obeying His every command.
God promised to bless all of the nations of the earth because Abraham obeyed Him. Abraham was given a command and obeyed, immediately as it seems. The word doesn’t give any indication that he delayed or whined. The First Commandment says to love the Lord with all of your heart and all of your strength and all of your soul and all of your mind. (Luke 10:27)
I believe this is best displayed by immediate obedience and not delaying or quibbling about. Delayed obedience is sin. To hear the voice of the Lord is to obey. In other words, if the Lord speaks to us and tells us to do something, and we delay or ask questions then we become disobedient. The longer it takes us to obey it demonstrates lack of love.
In summary we should be able to hear God’s voice clearly above all others and recognize it. Further, because we love Him and want to please Him and not disobey we should obey immediately. Lord forgive us when we delay. Of course sometimes we aren’t sure, and we looking for confirmation. It’s ok because what I described above is our goal. We are all walking this life of discipleship out together. Let this encourage you and not discourage you. Be lifted up that you can hear and with the Holy Spirit’s help you can obey, immediately.