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Following God’s Voice

Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMI’ve mentioned several times before that as a child – I tried to follow in my father’s footsteps. I could ALWAYS trust that dad would not lead me wrong. He was a man of God and if I followed his example – I knew I would be walking after God – seeking His face and desiring His grace. Of course – he told me on several occasions that I should follow Christ – not him. That was because he was a humble man for sure.

Have you ever wondered about the path God has for your life? Did you or are you praying for God’s guidance as you walk thru life – seeking His face and desiring His grace? I encourage people to pray over all decisions. I especially urge them to pray about the big ones such as – who to date – what school or training to seek – what career to pursue – whether to marry or who to marry – whether to purchase or rent a home or a vehicle – whether to have children and how many – where to worship – etc. If we don’t include God in our decisions – why would we go to Him for help after we make mistakes? Go to God before decisions are made and I bet – if we are listening to His voice – we might just make fewer mistakes. Think about it – doesn’t that make sense?

In today’s passage we are told that God will guide us on our path. In writing/speaking to Israel – the people of God who had walked away from faithfully following God – Isaiah reminds them that if they seek after God – God will lead them. Isaiah 30:21 – Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

We often hear about a still small voice (KJV) or in NIV it is called a gentle whisper. Here is a place in the Bible where God’s still small voice speaks. 1 Kings 19:11–13 – 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

How do you and God communicate? How do you hear from God? A friend recently asked me about hearing from God. They are considering a career change and wondered how they could know that this is where God is leading them. Of course – I suggested prayer and continually lifting their heart to God. I encouraged a deep study of God’s Word. I encouraged them to seek guidance and advise from others around them. I also recommended – if they do not feel or hear God speaking to them – that they take some baby steps in one direction and see what doors might be opened or closed for them. For instance – if you were thinking of changing careers – one might take a class in the new career (like a class in journalism). Often – in life decisions – I have taken this path and God has opened doors for me and made it clear during the journey or process that the path I was on was the path He wanted for me.

What is the process you use to discern God’s will – to hear God’s voice? I know our readers would love to hear others on this subject. How does God speak to you? Of course the Bible is our primary source. The Holy Spirit speaking to us is also available to us. But God often speaks to us through our experiences and through others. How do you hear God’s voice? Of course – we need to hear it to follow it!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

September 26, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. following this procedure as a youth can save a lifetime of error and the related consequences


    Comment by Richard Reynnells | September 26, 2018 | Reply

    • It has for me…


      Comment by raymcdonald | September 26, 2018 | Reply

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