“… and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. … My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:4, 27).
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches … ” (Revelation 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22).
“But blessed are your eyes, for they shall see: and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:16).
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts …” (Hebrews 3:7-8).
Throughout the history of man, God has been speaking. He has been speaking to man, drawing man to Himself and calling man to a life of obedience and devotion. God is still speaking to Christians today. He’s still speaking to His church today. He’s still speaking to you and me today! God never went silent on us, and if He did, that’s not a good sign, that’s always a sign of His judgment upon a people.
When God speaks, He will comfort and convict, but He will never condemn. His words to us will absolutely never contradict the words found in the Bible, and they will always draw us closer to Him, to others, and to a life of holiness!
It is good to remember that hearing the voice of Jesus is linked to following Jesus wherever He might lead and whatever it might cost [John 10:4, 27]!
When Jesus speaks to us today, He doesn’t shout. And He shouldn’t have to. Jesus gently whispers to us, even when His words enlighten or bring conviction. His words are peaceful and His speaking is meek! When Jesus points out something in our lives that He wants us to change, His correction and His instruction comes with love and hope!
His voice always draws us closer to Him and leads us to humbly and lovingly serve others. His voice always result in a “burning” sensation that melts the coldest of hearts and is able to mold and shape the most calloused of hearts!
“Did not our hearts burn within us, while He talked with us by the way?” (Luke 24:32).
As one author noted:
If you are one of the Lord’s true sheep, your heart is already attuned to hear His voice. Now you just need to learn how to distinguish it from all of the other voices jamming your frequencies. Radio stations are constantly sending their unique signals through the airwaves. But unless a person’s radio is tuned to a particular frequency, he will never pick up the signals. Hearing the voice of Jesus Christ is much the same. Because Jesus dwells within every genuine believer through the Holy Spirit, He is always speaking, always leading, always revealing. And He speaks in many different ways. Sometimes Jesus speaks in a whisper. Sometimes Jesus speaks in a still, small voice, easy on the ear. Sometimes Jesus thunders and shouts, beating hard on the eardrum. Sometimes all you hear is the sound of silence. But Jesus is always speaking. … Most of the time, our hearing problem isn’t that Jesus is not speaking; it’s our inability to hear Jesus speaking because we’re listening to voices other than Jesus’ voice. Our antennae have been diverted into the realms of lies and untruths. We have “ears to hear” only the politically correct or the party lines of various establishments. … Very often, we are too busy with our own efforts, interests, problems, and ambitions to hear the voice of the Lord.
Jesus is always speaking. Are we listening? Have we stopped listening? Are we living on the manna from the past? Have we allowed the many voices of the world drown out the only voice that truly matters?