Recognizing His Voice
I’ll never forget the day when the new iPhone first came out featuring the SIRI application. As one who admits being slightly technologically challenged, the thought of having a voice-activated personal navigator and assistant was something I was truly excited about. It didn’t hurt either that I found out that SIRI, a Norwegian term, meant “beautiful woman who leads you to victory.” Enough said.
When I received my phone in the mail, I quickly opened it, ready to ask SIRI all the questions I had seen on some of the television commercials; questions like “Where is the nearest Chinese restaurant?” or “Can you remind me to get the tires fixed?” – just to name a few. My first SIRI question: “Where is Starbucks?”
SIRI’s answer greatly puzzled me. “I do not understand what you said, Big Daddy!” I asked again, same Big Daddy response. Just as I was about to have a complete identity crisis and meltdown about the apparent sound of my voice, I saw my 13-year old son Jackson smiling and laughing uncontrollably. After a rather intense interrogation, I discovered he programmed my phone to call me that. Wasn’t sure who I should punish first, Jackson or SIRI!
You know as believers (and leaders), we are all at times a lot like SIRI. Although we believe in God, and do all we can to remain faithful to His church and calling over our lives, there are times we just cannot recognize His voice.
For if we did, we would have never made “that” bad financial investment everyone warned us about. Or perhaps move to “that” city we just knew we would be a great fit for. Or perhaps marry “that” spouse… well, sorry to disappoint you, but you may have to hold on to that one!
In Matthew 13:9, you will find these words: “He who has ears [to hear], let him be listening and let him consider and perceive and comprehend by hearing.
I want you to know that there is nothing defective about the voice of God. Despite our difficulty to hear Him, He is still speaking and wants to direct us in His ways. Perhaps what may be missing in our ability to recognize His voice is hidden right there in the scripture above.
What are you already considering when hearing God’s voice? Have you already made up your mind about something that God Himself cannot talk you out of? Are you open to change, or the possibility of being corrected by Him, or by those He has placed within your life?
As a 5th generation pastor’s kid, and after nearly 25 years of full-time ministry, I am confident that God is a perfect gentleman. He will not force Himself on someone who is not in a posture to receive from Him.
When we have exhausted all of our plans, and are finally ready to consider, perceive, and comprehend His ways and plans for our lives, His voice becomes amazingly clear.