Saturday, Third Week of Advent
"My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me."
-- John 10:27 NLT
Usually, when someone says, "God has been speaking to me lately," we get a little suspicious (justly so, in many cases). Many who say God speaks to them are far too often what I describe as a few clowns short of a circus.
Yet as our Good Shepherd, Jesus promises that we can hear and know His voice. This does not, however, need to be some mysterious, mystical process. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that God speaks to you quite often.
You see, the Good Shepherd knows not only your name (John 10:3), but your nature.
Yes, God speaks - but we do not always like what He says. Have you sensed the conviction of the Holy Spirit when you were in a relationship or a place you did not belong? At times, God's Holy Spirit whispers in the stillness of your heart, "What are you doing here?" How else can we know when God is speaking to us?
God speaks to us through His word. (Psalm 119:105)
God speaks to us through circumstances (Psalm 119:67)
God speaks to through His peace (Colossians 3:15)
And once we have heard God's voice, what should we do? We must follow. Jesus calls, we responds. He whispers, we move. We follow - and then we keep on listening.
from the Breakfast with Jesus
by Greg Laurie (Tyndale) pp 243-45
-- Offered by Christina Yu '08