The joy of a parent comes in the growth of a child.
Everyday there must be clear progress physically otherwise it causes worry. There must be true and good growth. This is the same spiritually, true and good growth is expected. Part of that growth is when the believer grows to understand the voice of God. How does He speak to you? Can you decipher His voice? Can you understand the symbols and images He sometimes speaks with?
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
The word ‘voice’ here has a varied in meaning: It is the word ‘phone’ and depicts disclosure; a tone (articulate, bestial or artificial); by implication, an address (for any purpose), saying or language: — noise, sound, voice. Just think of the many varied ways your phone now brings communication to you. It is no longer just voice, they are varied ways, you can send pictures, images, Skype, Whatsapp, ring tones etc. the voice call has become bottom on the list.
So Jesus is saying ‘My sheep hear my phone…’ He can send images in dreams, impressions, vibrates, ring tones, etc and real voice can be at the bottom of the list. The mature believer will grab hold of His voice and follow.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
He wants you to grow up so that your conversations with Him become deeper and more meaningful. Imagine if physically one grows and the parent can’t still strike a meaningful conversation with them. It will be a misnomer.
Today, decide to listen and observe for His voice to you.
I declare over your life today, a grace to distinguish, decipher, discern, and interpret His voice. You will effectively follow Him in this season because as His sheep, you hear His ‘phone.’
Further Scripture Reading: Mark 1:11