Doctors tell us that children in the womb are able to recognize their mother’s voice and differentiate it from the voices of others. Even though they’ve never seen their mother, they know and respond to her voice.
How are babies able to differentiate their mother’s voice from other voices they hear? Because their mother’s voice is the voice they hear and listen to most often.
What voices are you listening to the most?
Right now, more than ever before, there are a lot of voices out there vying for your attention. It used to be that everybody had an opinion, but now everyone has a platform.
Mobile devices are designed not primarily for creating content, but consuming it.
If you don’t think that you are being shaped by the content you consume, think again. So choose wisely!
You can spend your time listening to the voices of political pundits, reading all kinds of articles, you can spend your time listening to the voices of everyone on social media…
The content you consume not only conveys information, it has a teleology, in other words: it aims to lead you somewhere. To use a biblical term: they seek to make you disciples of their beliefs and attitudes.
Just like a baby in its mother’s womb: whose voice do you want to be most familiar with? Whose voice do you want filling your ears and shaping your thoughts the most?
Many people today are being discipled more by social media, politicians, and influencers than by Moses, Isaiah, Paul, and Jesus.
May I encourage you instead to spend more time listening to the voice of God than to all those other voices?
As you immerse yourself in the Word of God, it tunes your heart to God’s voice and it familiarizes you with his voice. As you read and study the Bible, you get to know God’s voice and God’s heart, and you become familiar with the kinds of things God says.
Jesus described himself as the Good Shepherd, and he said that his sheep know his voice and will not follow the voice of another. (John 10:4-5)
When it comes to hearing God’s voice: the most reliable, most certain way to hear God’s voice is to immerse yourself in the words of Scripture.
Let me encourage you to make His voice the voice you listen to the most. He alone has the words of eternal life, and everything that pertains to life and godliness.
Here is a recent message I taught at White Fields Church on the topic of hearing God’s voice: