These words of Jesus as written in the Gospel of John: Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follows him, because the know his voice. John 10:1-4
Does God still speak to people today? Is He interested in what happens to us as individuals? Does he really have a master plan for our lives?
God truly is interested in us as individuals. He does have a master plan for our lives, and he does want to speak to us. Jesus described himself as our Good Shepherd. (John 10:11) And as his sheep, we can hear and recognize His voice.
So how can we know when it is God speaking? First, we need to remember that God primarily speaks to us through His Word and He will never lead us in a way that contradicts that Word. We don’t have to go any further than the Bible to know the will of God for our lives.
God also speaks through circumstances that we can include failure or even hardship. We don’t enjoy it when God speaks to us through tragedy and hardship, but as C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
Often I have found that if something is the will of God, then it will be confirmed. There are times when I feel the Lord has been speaking to me through circumstances, such as an opportunity that has opened up. But I never make decisions by looking at circumstances alone.
God speaks to us through his peace, Colossians 3:15 tells us, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you will called to peace. And be thankful. God is the author of peace, not of confusion.
Maybe we hear the voice of God more often than we think. Then again, maybe we’re not giving Him the opportunity to speak, we need to Be Still and Know that He is God (Psalm 46:10)
Prayer: Lord, what do you have to say to me today? I am listening!