“And they that were with me SAW INDEED THE LIGHT, and were afraid; BUT THEY HEARD NOT THE VOICE OF HIM THAT SPAKE TO ME. The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and SEE the Just One, and shouldest HEAR THE VOICE of his mouth. For thou shalt be a witness unto all men of what thou hast SEEN and HEARD” (Acts 22:9, 14-15).
“And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified if me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome” (Acts 23:11)
One of the many reasons that Paul accomplished great things for God, fulfilled the purpose of God for his life, and had a tremendous impact for God in his day is because HE HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD, which others did not hear!
In Acts 22, those who were with Paul SAW THE LIGHT, yet, they did not HEAR THE VOICE!
If one traces back into history he will find that men and women who made radical choices for God were men and women who not only SAW THE LIGHT, but they HEARD THE VOICE!
Sometimes it takes more than simply SEEING what God wants us to see. Many have seen! Sometimes it takes HEARING what GOD wants us to HEAR!
God has a purpose for each and everyone of our lives. He has a work for us to do. And at times, we can get a small glimpse of it, in other words, see the light, but the question is, CAN WE HEAR THE VOICE?
“There is a secret controversy between our will and God’s. And we shall never be right till we have let Him take, and break, and make. Oh! do seek for that. If you cannot give, let Him take. If you are not willing, confess that you are willing to be made willing. Hand yourself over to Him to work in you, to will and to do of His own good pleasure. We must be as plastic clay, ready to take any shape that the great Potter may choose, so shall we be able to detect His guidance. … God’s impressions within and His word without are always corroborated by His Providence around, and we should quietly wait until these three focus into one point.”-F.B. MEYER
Following Paul in the Book of Acts is an amazing journey. He seldom stayed in one place for long. It is a story of a man who not only saw the things that God wanted him to see and heard the things that God wanted him to hear, but he was also willing to walk through the open doors that God wanted him to enter.
All for the furtherance of the Gospel!
Yet, we must never forget that Paul was a man who not only saw a heavenly vision, and heard a heavenly voice, but he acted upon what he saw and heard (Acts 26:12-19).
MANY ARE THEY WHO SEE WHAT GOD WANTS THEM TO SEE, BUT FEW ARE THEY THAT ARE WILLING TO HEAR WHAT GOD WANTS THEM TO HEAR, AND EVEN FEWER YET WHO ARE WILLING TO OBEY WHAT THEY HAVE HEARD!!!
Oh God, give us EYES TO SEE and EARS TO HEAR and a WILL TO OBEY!