Who do you listen to?
Who’s direction and wisdom do you seek?
You may not be surprised to know that one of Voices I try to ‘hear’ is that of God. I ‘listen’ to Him as I read His Word, as I pray and seek to ‘tune in’ to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
There are, of course, many other ‘earthly’ voices that are easy to listen to and be guided by. The voices of our culture, of politicians, of movie stars and athletes, of ministers, advertisers, teachers, and family and friends.
Here’s the thing: ALL of those earthly voices, without exception, are flawed, imperfect. Every person on earth is self-centered, worldly-minded, and here-and-now motivated.
The ONLY Voice that is above all that is the voice of God.
I’ve been reading lately through the book of Psalms, and I came across Psalm 25
It’s a beautiful Psalm, of humble trust in God, expressing a desire for God’s mercy and forgiveness, as well as guidance. The Author (King David) writes,
“Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5)
He continues, affirming God’s wisdom and sovereignty over all, and then he writes…
“Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them…” (Psalm 25:12-14)
The writer is reminding us that we need to ‘fear’ the Lord–this means to humble ourselves before Him, submit ourselves to Him, listen to Him and worship Him. As the One True God, He is the ONLY one who deserves it!
As I was reading this, though, verse 14 caught my eye: “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them…”
That was a pleasant surprise!
He is saying that God wants to reveal His will to us. He wants to guide us and keep us. He wants to help us walk in faith and live the life that pleases Him–the life that we were designed to live!
Jesus said something similar when He said “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
Who’s He talking to? His closest friends. His disciples–those in the room with Him, AND, I believe, US!
IF, that is, we are those who fit the full description:
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:14-16)
I don’t know about you, but I want to be a ‘friend’ of Jesus! I want God to ‘confide’ in me and make His will known to me!
It is crucial that we become His friends, who’s eyes are always on the Lord, attentive to His Voice, and willing to follow.
Especially as the world turns against those who faithfully follow Jesus, we need to KNOW.
Who do You listen to?