Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: Hearing the Voice of God [Part 1]

[fa icon="calendar"] September 14, 2016 / by Ray Van Gilst

Gives_us_this_day_our_daily_bread.jpgA man who was visiting the Middle East was sitting on a hillside. While there, he watched as three shepherds approached a watering hole with their flocks, all at the same time.

All three flocks merged into a single great mass and the man was sure that it would be impossible for them to ever get the sheep sorted out again. But to his amazement, the shepherds seemed completely unconcerned by it.

After the sheep had finished drinking, each shepherd started walking down a different path, and began singing as he went. There was a huge commotion in the great mixed flock, and then little streams started to follow after each shepherd until they had all separated again into their own flocks.

Even though all of the shepherds were singing, the sheep could all distinguish their own shepherd from the others. They knew their shepherd’s voice that well because they knew their shepherd so well. They had grown up hearing him sing in the hills and pastures season after season. They had been with him enough to be able to distinguish his voice from that of anyone else.

The only way we can come to know the voice of the Lord is the same way that the sheep came to know their shepherd’s voice. Through spending time in His presence, at His feet, gazing into His face.

Are you listening?

What did Jesus mean when he said, “My sheep hear my voice?” A better way of saying it would be, “My sheep listen to my voice.”

I used to be notorious for being in a conversation, but not being present. Someone confronted me on it once and since then I’ve worked on being a good listener. I’m not always successful – my mind is going 10 different directions most of the time – but I’m working on it.

That’s with people. I don’t know that I listen quite that well to God. How about you? Think about that one. Are you really listening to God like you might listen to another person? Another loved one?

Love and Light

Two of the things the Bible says about God is that He is light and He is love. You know what the distinguishing fact about light is? It reveals. When lights come on, you see things. It’s not what light does so much as what light is. The same is said of God. God is light and therefore God reveals.

God is love. A distinguishing fact of love is that when you love someone you will communicate to them. Love is the active expression of intimate communication. God is love, therefore He communicated. God communicates.

God is light, and He will reveal Himself to anyone who will look. God is love and He will communicate with anyone who will listen. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to My voice.” I want to learn to listen better. I trust you’ll join me!

Teach us to pray

When the disciples said, “Teach us to pray” Jesus said okay try this one:

“Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” and then He says, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Do you think that He means for us to pray only for physical sustenance? Or do you think that maybe what he’s actually asking us to pray for is a Word from God every day of our lives?

Give us this day our daily bread, not monthly, or even weekly. But give us this day our daily bread. It’s important enough to seek to hear our God on a daily basis. To daily know His Word.

 

Topics: Equipping, Hearing the Voice of God