Whos Voice are You listening to….

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.(Genesis 3:8)

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.(Deut 28:2 KJV)

As I write this we are experiencing wonderfully hot weather, it was easy to see why people were out walking. I noticed one couple in particular moving briskly with bounce in their step. “What a great way to spend time together,” I thought. When I noticed she was talking on a cell phone, I wondered how he felt about that. She was with him, right by his side, but her focus was elsewhere. Was it a random thing that interrupted their time together? That can happen easily enough (my phone never seems to stop). Or was it something she did often? Was she frequently with him physically, but listening to someone else’s voice?

I couldn’t help wonder if that’s the way the Lord looks at me. Does He think, “Yes, Barrie, you’re with me and doing the right things but whose voice are you listening to?” In this fast-paced world with so much going on, it’s easy to be walking with God and get distracted. There is always someone offering apples and we end up being like Adam and hiding because our distraction from God’s voice has led us to stray.

James 3:15 reminds us that there are four voices that call to us bringing wisdom, but only God’s voice brings wisdom that is pure, peaceable, gentle, merciful, impartial, and sincere. The other three sources of wisdom are earthly, unspiritual and devilish. Listening to them leads to chaos, strife, confusion, and evil. By not listening to God, Adam and Eve set an example to all of us.

So our possibilities are, we can walk with God and do many of the right things but get distracted by other voices–or we can give Him our full attention as He speaks through His Word, prayer, my circumstances, other mature believers and His creation. Walking with God truly involves listening to the right voice!

Lord, You have graciously and lovingly brought me into fellowship with You. Please help me to shut out all other voices but Your own.

One Response to “Whos Voice are You listening to….”

  1. JB says:

    Hi Barry, I must admit I have only just started to read your devotionals – but find them very enlightning and thought provoking.
    Carry on with your search of the WORD Barry, you have a great talent in opening it up..

    JB

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