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HOW WILL I KNOW?

How Will I Know?

by Patricia Day

How will I hear my mother's voice?

How will I know my mother’s voice?

Watching “Happy Feet”, the movie, recently, I was enamored by the little penguin who, when waiting for his mother to return from feeding, was told to listen for her voice.  His response was:

“But, father, how will I know her voice?”

Good question – especially when, on the horizon appear thousands of female penguins returning to their partners and babies.  It was essential that he recognize her call, in order to be fed; otherwise he would perish.  He was not to know that instinct would kick in and, yes, he would recognize her voice.

Non-Christians are often skeptical, when hearing that Christians listen to God.

‘How do you know it’s God?’ they ask.  ‘It could be you listening to your own sub-conscious thinking’.

Well, yes it could, but the difference is that the voice invariably has advice that we had not thought of ourselves; or it is an idea that takes us by surprise when we have covered all the angles or options.  It is always wise, sound advice.  It is never negative or harmful and often saves us from disaster.

God tells us in His Word (the Bible):

“I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep [my people], as I said to you.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:25-29 NKJV). Emphasis is the author’s.

I love this analogy.  It is a clear expression of the doubt of not knowing the source of unseen power, also of not trusting that good old gut-feeling.  We always have to logic away anything we cannot understand.

To hear God’ voice is a very simple act of quietly listening and trusting, because what we hear feels right or good and, as in the case of the little penguin, it could be life-saving.

Prayer: 

Lord God, help us to quiet ourselves and listen to the whisper that we are often aware of, but choose to ignore.  In this New Year, let us choose to follow you and be led by Your voice, Your guidance, and let us be sheltered by Your protection.  Amen.

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

God’s Voice Communicates Peace

Today I have a guest post from blogger, Julie Gorman. She blogs at His Love Extended.

God’s Voice Communicates Peace—It Doesn’t Leave us Fearful (reprinted with permission)

by Julie Gorman

About six years ago, God led me to leave a lucrative career and commissioned me to do the work of an evangelist!

“You have been spent for many things, but now I want you to be spent for me. I want you to put your hand to my task.” I couldn’t shake the thought from my mind.

God’s peace soothed all of my questions except one; what would my husband think? I knew I needed to talk to Greg and finally worked up my courage.

“Greg, we need to talk.”

“Sure, babe; what’s up?”

“I’ve been praying and feel like God wants me to quit my job.” I winced, waiting to see if he thought I lost my mind.

Greg smiled, “Me too.”

“What? You’re kidding me; really” I replied.

“I’ve known now, for about six months, but waited for God to tell you; I knew if I told you, you might reject the idea.” Greg said grinning, happy I had finally discerned God’s will.

As I look back at that time, I remember thinking of all the changes that lay ahead of us…but the comfort I felt from God as an overwhelming peace covered us and calmed our fears.

So, today’s hint to discern God voice centers on peace; we discern God’s voice from our own, by asking: How does it feel in our “gut”? Does the thought or feeling fill us with peace or unrest?

Even in the face of great danger, peace guards our heart when God speaks. Don’t get me wrong…we may have questions…we may even begin to worry…but as we submit those fears God will cover us with His peace and let us know…”YES. This is the way. Walk in it!”

Isaiah 55:10-12 says, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sewer and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…”

God’s peace always accompanies God’s direction and helps us distinguish His voice from our own. The absence of peace is the absence of God’s direction. Our situations aren’t always pleasant but God’s peace always accompanies His voice.

God moves us in peace. Our voice tends to worry about “the how’s” “the when’s” and “the why’s”. God always leads with peace, emphasizing “I will do it…in just the right time…because I promised to.”

Jesus promised, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) God’s peace accompanies His voice.

If our message lacks peace or conflicts with the Word of God, it’s not His voice. Godly impressions never contradict the Word of God or His character.