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Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)
TITLE: LISTENING FOR THE FATHER'S VOICE
By Barbara DiCenzo
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STOP! GO BACK! STOP! The sharp command echoed in the busy intersection. It was a sunny and beautiful fall afternoon, the streets were filled with parents and grandparents with their young children heading out to see the Santa Claus parade. The urgent command came from a dad whose young son had run back across the wide intersection to pick up his scarf that had fallen off. He made it over safely, but without looking, he was about to cross the street again when the light had turned red! Fortunately, not only had he heard the command but heeded it immediately, because he recognized the voice of his father. What a disaster that would have been had he not instantly obeyed his father’s voice from across the street and stepped back on to the curb.
This incident caused me to pause first to be thankful that the child heard and instantly obeyed, and secondly to reflect and wonder if as children of God we are inclined to hear and discern His voice when He tells us to stop, even when not spoken sharply. So often we are so intent on pursuing our own objectives that we fail to heed the inner voice of caution that would save us from making wrong decisions and creating unnecessary problems for ourselves.
It is fair to say that when things seem to be going well - in our estimation that is – we do not listen as intently for the Father’s voice. We have the false sense of security that we don’t really need guidance in the little everyday decisions that we make, so we don’t listen closely and pay scant attention to God’s voice. We forget that God sees and knows the bigger picture. He knows the dangers and pitfalls that lie ahead and He can help us to avoid them.
How different it is when things are not going as they should, then we are anxious to hear His voice, so we try to listen more intently, longing to hear Him say this is the way, walk in it. However, this becomes difficult because we are not familiar with His voice, it’s hard to discern who is speaking to us, and we falter and flounder with indecision. In order to be familiar with His voice we need to have a close relationship with Him, to be able to discern it in good times, as well as in the bad times. We need to be attentive to the gentle nudges of the Spirit in our daily walk with Him, so that His voice can become easily identifiable.
God wants His children to be intuned with Him always, to know and to recognize His voice and to be obedient to His leading. Jesus said “The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me” John 10:27 Amplified Bible.
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