While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
How do you hear God speaking to you?
Is it a still, small voice within or, as in today's verse, a thundering, external declaration?
Maybe, you don't hear His voice, but you glean His message through other means. That recurring dream about something you should do. A suggestion from a friend. The peace which follows a right decision made. An answered prayer.
In a recent sermon, Pastor Wallace shared a remarkable story about meeting Susie Mayes, a life-long missionary. With introductions and small talk behind them, Susie's next question takes him by surprise.
"Wallace," she begins, "you're a pastor. How do you hear God talking to you?"
Feeling she deserves an adequate explanation, he plunges right in.
"He speaks to me through scripture. Sometimes, through a conversation with a friend. Other times, it's a sense of conviction in my heart that I'm on the right path, the one he's chosen for me."
"Do you ever hear him just like you're hearing me now?"
"No," Wallace admits, "I'm afraid not. Wish I did. How do you hear him?"
Susie pauses. There is a twinkle in her eye.
"Just like I'm hearing you," she says.
Wallace is impressed!
"When did you begin hearing God's voice?" He inquires.
"It all started when I was ten. I was playing in my backyard when he first spoke to me, sweet and clear like bells in a steeple. 'Susie, you are to go to Sarawak, Malaysia, and be a missionary there.' Sarawak? I was a little girl in south Georgia. I didn't even know where in the world this place was!
But, it didn't matter. God had spoken and I knew I would be going one day. I marched right into the house and announced to my family what God said. They had their doubts, but I never did."
Wallace, retrieving his jaw from his chest, manages to ask, "And, he still speaks that way to you today?"
"Yes, sir, every day, ever since that first encounter," she beams, then adds, "and, I wouldn't want it any other way."
And, I wouldn't want it any other way . . .
God is the original Great Communicator. He speaks to us as individually and as uniquely as He made us.
We need to do but one thing . . .
Listen to Him!
Will you pray with me?
No matter how we hear your voice, Father, may we always be prepared to listen. Help us pay attention to where we are when we feel closest to you. Quiet our minds, open our hearts, fill our souls with longing for You and Your wisdom. Guide us, day by day. Amen.
I am thankful for answered prayers.
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