His voice is the only voice that makes the difference. We hear people talk around us every day but there’s no voice that compares to the voice of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
“And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice…for they know not the voice of strangers.” John 10:4-5
Whose voice have you been listening to as a child of God? Have you been listening to and obeying God’s voice, or have you been listening to strangers?
According to the opening scripture, the voice we listen to and follow determines who goes before us to direct our lives. It also determines our status in life. If we want to live a fulfilled life, we cannot afford to miss the voice of the Lord.
Here are three dangers of failing to listen to God’s voice:
You will be overtaken by temptation.
“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:3-4
Jesus chose to exercise His will to obey the words of His Father instead of listening to the suggestions of the devil. If we fail to listen to the Word of God, we will be unable to overcome the deceptions and temptations of Satan.
2. You will miss your salvation.
“While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” – Hebrews 3:15
Do not listen to those who do not believe in the power of God to help you miraculously. God’s word brings salvation from sin, sicknesses and demonic oppressions and so failing to listen to the voice of His word denies you of its power.
3. You will miss your blessing and prosperity.
“…Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper” – 2 Chronicles 20:20
It is God’s delight to bless and prosper His children but that can only happen when we listen to God and to His ministers whom He sends to us to bring the unadulterated Word of God.
Dear friend, remember that Jesus—our good Shepherd—came to give us abundant life and as we listen to the voice of His word, we will be delivered from the adversary.
Heavenly Father, I thank You that I know Your voice; I turn away from the voice of strangers to follow Your voice wholeheartedly, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Exodus 15:26 (ESV)