Do you hear the voice of God speaking to you? Sometimes it may come as an inner feeling of peace. Other times it may come to you through the voice of a trusted spouse, or friend. And then there are those times when you might read a piece of Scripture, and in your heart, you know that God is directing you to do something. In today’s Gospel from John 5:17-30, we read,
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life, and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24).
This passage affirms for me that my belief in Christ, and His salvific action of dying on the Cross and rising from the dead, will one day lead me to spending eternity with the Blessed Trinity. Some days, when doubt creeps in, I need to hear this message.
How do you hear the voice of God?
For me, one day, God spoke directly to me through the voice of my husband. It was the evening before I planned on handing in my retirement notice at the bank, with the aspiration of going back to school, full time, to get my Masters in Theology. We stood at the foot of our bed, and I asked my husband, “Do you think this is what the Holy Spirit really wants me to do?” You see, I was getting cold feet! The doubt was creeping in!
No lie, my husband stated in a very stiff and formal voice, “The Lord finds favor with your plan.” We both looked at each other in shock; me, for what I heard, and Nick, for what came out of his mouth. Nick is not a “formal” kind of guy. We looked at each other with wide eyes. We both knew that those words didn’t come from Nick. They came directly from the Holy Spirit. We both heard the voice of God that day. How do we know that the Lord did find favor with my plan? Because we both had a sense of peace about the decision. Christ’s Peace swept over me and the cold feet disappeared. I never looked back and never regretted my decision; additional proof, that what I was doing was God’s will.
Be attuned to the voice of God
So, are you attuned to listening for the voice of God? It might be a loud “boom,” or a quiet whisper. He approaches each of us differently, according to our needs. Listen for His voice today, and let it wash over you. Let God fill your soul with His grace and provide for you all that you need, to do His will.
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